Hearing aids come in different shapes and sizes, but they all have in common the need for a fitting to ensure that you can listen using them as best as possible. This blog post will talk about things to consider when preparing for your fitting to go smoothly with no surprises!

What To Expect During Your Hearing Aid Fitting

Your hearing health professional will ask you about your symptoms and medical history, take some measurements of your ear canal size and then do a post-fitting test to check the amplification. They may also confirm that it is safe for you to wear in an environment where there are noise sources such as traffic. The fitting process typically takes one hour, but this time frame can vary depending on the complexity of your hearing loss.

What To Bring with You When Going for a Hearing Aid Fitting

  • A list of prescription medications and any medical conditions that they will treat
  • Copies of all previous audiograms or earmold impressions. A list of your current hearing aid if you have any.
  • Your glasses or contact lenses prescription, if appropriate
  • Any other medical devices used with the ears like earplugs
  • Current insurance card and ID for identification purposes

How To Prepare for Your Hearing Aid Fitting

Know your medical history and any medications you take; this will help them treat the underlying issue of hearing loss, not just symptoms. Also, bring copies of all previous audiograms or earmold impressions to show what type of hearing loss you have.

Be honest about how often they need assistance with understanding people. Also, bring a list of the type and cost of hearing aids you are interested in. Finally, be prepared to make an appointment for follow-up services after your fitting, if required. Your hearing health professional will tell you the requirements following this initial visit where they took all the measurements.

Tips for the Appointment

Have a list of questions written out and ready for your appointment; write down names, phone numbers and email addresses to keep in touch with the hearing loss professionals and staff should you need them at a later date. Bring someone along to make you feel more comfortable during this process or have family members there to ask their opinion of the hearing aids.

Furthermore, wear loose clothing and remove any jewelry or other items that might interfere with measurements. Avoid wearing scented products before your fitting, as these can irritate some people. Finally, try to avoid eating a heavy meal before an appointment because this may make it difficult for them to take accurate measurements.

Conclusively, knowing the right questions to ask will help make your fitting go smoothly, but don't forget that they are an essential part of everyday life.