If you have hearing loss, then there is a good chance that you will be required to go and see an audiologist for different appointments. There are a number of different types of appointments that you may partake in with your audiologist. 

Once you’ve had your hearing tested and been diagnosed with hearing loss, chances are your audiologist will recommend hearing aids as the most beneficial form of treatment. Getting hearing aids is a process, which includes learning about different devices and selecting the right ones. Once you’ve found the perfect hearing aids for your needs, you’ll schedule a hearing aid fitting to have them programmed and tailored to your hearing loss.

Not sure what to expect at your hearing aid fitting appointment? These four things are run-of-the-course when it comes to hearing aid fittings.

1. Length

Hearing aid fitting appointments are often longer than other types of hearing appointments, such as an initial consultation. Hearing aid fittings commonly last for an hour or longer. This is because there are a number of things that take place at a hearing aid fitting. For example, settings have to be programmed, instructions have to be given and care and maintenance will be discussed.

2. Receiving of hearing aids

Unlike other types of audiology appointments, hearing aid fittings are typically the first time when you will receive your hearing aid(s). For many people, the moment that they first turn on their hearing aids marks the best that their hearing has been in years, decades or even for their entire life. This moment can be extremely profound. For many, it is completely life changing.

3. Hearing aid demonstration

At your hearing aid fitting, your audiologist will demonstrate how to use your new hearing aids. He or she will give you all of the guidance and instruction that you need in order to be able to use your hearing aids properly. This information will be extremely useful for you when you are trying to use your hearing aids after you leave the appointment.

4. Higher volume of information

Because hearing aid fittings require instructions, demonstrations, settings and adjustments, they tend to involve a much higher volume of information than other types of appointments with your audiologist. However, the information that they involve is extremely beneficial! So, if you are about to head into your first hearing aid fitting, be prepared to receive a lot of information.