3 Things to Expect at Your Hearing Aid Fitting
If you have never attended a hearing aid fitting before, it’s likely that you’re curious about the whole process. To help ensure you feel confident attending your appointment, here are three things to expect during the fitting process.
A thorough introduction to the device itself
Your hearing care provider will ensure that you are fully confident about how to use your hearing aid. They will walk you through all of the programs enabled on the device, and make sure that you’re comfortable making changes yourself.
If you have any questions during this process, don’t be afraid to ask— your hearing specialist is likely to expect plenty of queries, so make sure you obtain all the information you need to operate your device smoothly. Hearing aids are not particularly complex devices, and this fact combined with the thorough guidance you’ll receive from your hearing professional should guarantee you feel confident about operating the device for yourself.
A thorough list of instructions
If you have any concerns about maintenance, cleaning, and management of a hearing aid, then don’t worry: all of these subjects will be covered in detail when you attend your hearing aid fitting. Your hearing health professional will guide you through all of the essential information, and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to ask for more information if there’s something you’re not sure about.
It’s likely that your hearing health professional will give you documentation to take home with you, but there’s no harm in taking along a notepad to jot down any pertinent information in the moment. This will ensure that you’ll transition to life with your new hearing aid with absolute ease.
Another hearing test
Finally, when your hearing aid is in place, you’ll go through another hearing test. This test is the final piece of the puzzle and is an integral part of your hearing aid fitting. The test will ensure that the hearing aid is working as it should and that it suits you; it’s known as the “real ear” test.
The test will monitor the sound pressure in your ear canal when the hearing aid is present. The test is not painful and is relatively quick, so there’s no need to be concerned about it. What you can be sure of is that when the test is complete, you’ll have absolute confirmation that your new hearing aid is working exactly as it should.
A hearing aid fitting is the perfect opportunity to ensure that you’re absolutely satisfied with everything about your new device. You’ll learn to clean and maintain your hearing aid, as well as go through a final test that confirms how well the device is working. Finally, the fact you will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you wish helps to guarantee that you’ll adjust to life with your new hearing aid as quickly and simply as possible. With the fitting concluded, you can look forward to a vastly improved quality of life, and a return to a great quality of hearing.