Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing-related issues
Preparing for Your Hearing Aid Fitting
Appointments to get your hearing aid fitted aren’t the same as other health appointments that you may have experienced in the past. Firstly, you may never have had hearing aids before and so may feel apprehensive about what you’re about to experience. Secondly, this is an appointment that is going to see you leave with a drastically improved quality of life; and who could ask for more than that?
A hearing aid fitting is likely going to be the most positive health appointment that you experience, so it’s important to be well-prepared for it. Here are some of the best ways that you can do that:
Make sure you have completed prior appointments
You cannot be fitted for a hearing aid without previously seeing an audiologist over several appointments. They will have tested your hearing and ascertained the extent of the damage, as well as determined the size and shape of the hearing aids that you may need. You’ll have an idea on the hearing damage and the equipment you’ll need by the end of those appointments, so it’s always worth ensuring you’ve shown up to those.
Do some research
Your audiologist will be your resource when it comes to talking about which hearing aid is right for you. What you need to do is your own personal research to ensure that you understand exactly which hearing aid would match your needs. This is so that you can discuss this with your audiologist and show off your knowledge. You may have an idea of whether you want internal or external hearing aids already, which is why research helps.
Learn about maintenance
This is something that your audiologist will discuss with you during the appointment, but it’s always worth doing your own research about how to maintain your hearing aids. It is important to remember that hearing aids are small pieces of technology that are designed to help you hear. They are made of many small parts and you will need to ensure that these parts stay clean and dry as much as possible.
Write down any questions
Your hearing aid fitting will be full of questions and can help to prepare these questions ahead of time. Doing this can enable your audiologist to talk you through all of your concerns without hesitation. It can also help to bring a notepad and pen with you to the appointment so that as you’re being spoken to about your new hearing aid, you can write down any queries you have for the end of the session.
Having hearing aids fitted can be overwhelming and slightly daunting if you’ve never been here before. Your audiologist should be able to put you at ease every step of the way. Preparing can help you to relax ahead of time before your appointment. Take these tips on board and you’ll be well prepared for your new hearing aids.