5 Things to Expect During Your Hearing Aid Fitting
So, you have finished your hearing tests, you have met with your audiologists, your hearing aids have been ordered and now the big day has arrived: your hearing aid fitting. You will probably remember your first hearing aid fitting appointment for the rest of your life. This is because your new hearing aids will most likely dramatically improve the amount of sound you will hear. Here is what to expect at this exciting appointment.
1. It will be emotional
Untreated hearing loss can be incredibly isolating – particularly if you’ve been dealing with it for an extended period of time. During your hearing aid fitting, you’ll hear sounds you probably didn’t realize you’d been missing out on; this can be incredibly emotional. From feelings of happiness to being overwhelmed by all the sounds you haven’t heard in a long time, be prepared to feel a multitude of emotions during your hearing aid fitting.
2. It could last anywhere from one to two hours
Hearing aid fittings tend to go a bit longer than the average meeting with the audiologist. Make sure to schedule this appointment when you have the time to listen to and take in all the information the audiologist provides.
3. The actual fitting will occur
During this process, the audiologist will put the hearing aids in your ear and check to make sure they fit properly. Not only are poorly-fitting hearing aids uncomfortable to wear, they also provide a less-than-optimal listening experience. Your audiologist will make sure you know how to properly insert and remove the devices yourself, in addition to checking and making sure you’re getting the right sound experience.
4. The audiologist will set up the hearing aids
Hearing aids are not a one-size-fits-all solution; so be prepared to have a few tests run again to ensure you’re getting the right settings and programs for your devices. The audiologist will run through some easy and pain-free tests to provide you with the most accurate and beneficial settings for your particular needs.
5. Instructions will be given
Hearing aids require some daily maintenance and care to keep them in optimal shape. Your audiologist will walk you through all the important information and instructions you need to care for your devices. Additionally, your audiologist will answer any questions and discuss any concerns you might have with your new hearing aids.
Your hearing aid fitting will be an exciting time for you – just make sure to come prepared and ready to absorb a lot of information. If at any time you are confused or nervous about working your new devices, talk openly and honestly with your audiologist and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.