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Do You Need a Hearing Aid Fitting?

a hearing specialist performing a hearing aid fitting for his elderly patient

Hearing loss can significantly impact your life, from work to emotional well-being. Once you are diagnosed, your hearing health professional will recommend wearing hearing aids to help you distinguish sounds better. A hearing aid is a battery-powered electronic device for improving your hearing.

They amplify or minimize sounds and are small enough to wear in or behind your ear. Hearing aids work best when suited and properly adjusted. To get the best out of your hearing aids, you need to go for a hearing aid fitting.

Why Is A Hearing Aid Fitting Important? 

Once you’re diagnosed with hearing loss, you will need to speak with a hearing specialist to discuss the way forward and the different hearing aids available. For example, you can choose the in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids. The appointment for the hearing aid is as necessary as the choice of the appropriate device. Here are reasons why you need a hearing aid fitting.

Fitting Your Lifestyle 

You must attend every hearing aid fitting appointment to ensure that the device matches your ears, your lifestyle and your daily needs. Suppose you work in a noisy environment like construction. In that case, your hearing car professional will tune your settings, so sudden loud bangs are reduced. 

Checking Your Ears 

Your hearing health professional ensures that the hearing aid's fitness and comfort are optimal for you. They will also make sure that you like your hearing aids every day and don't put it in a drawer because it hurts you every time you put them on. 

Fitting Your Needs 

Your hearing health professional will also check the programming and quality of the hearing aid. The hearing aid fitting will allow you to confirm that your hearing aid is appropriately programmed to hear even the faintest sounds. 

What You Can Expect at Your Hearing Aid Fitting 

It takes more than simply choosing the suitable device for your hearing needs to have a successful hearing aid fitting. Hearing aids must be appropriately suited to your ears to give the appropriate level of amplification and optimum hearing aid benefit. 

Your hearing health professional will conduct a complete hearing test before fitting the hearing aids. They will measure the softest sound you can hear at various pitches and record the volume of sound that is too loud for you. Based on the results of these tests, your hearing care provider will determine the type of hearing aids you need. Your hearing aids should amplify soft sounds and compress loud ones without making them uncomfortable. 

Your hearing care professional will discuss costs during your hearing aid evaluation session, go over the many features of hearing aids and give recommendations.

You will go for your hearing aid fitting about two weeks after ordering the hearing aids. During the hearing aid fitting visit, your hearing healthcare professional will use real ear measures to ensure that the hearing aids give the proper amount of amplification. The hearing aid will then be put into your ear canal, taking care not to displace the probe tube microphone that is already in place.

Finally, your hearing specialist will measure the volume of the sound of your hearing aid once you turn them on. If your hearing care professional does not perform these tests, they can't tell if your hearing aids are the right fit for you. It takes time and patience to use your hearing aids successfully. Practice putting them on and off, clear them, visually recognize the right and left and learn the correct polarity of batteries.