Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing-related issues
What Can You Expect at Your Hearing Aid Fitting?
You may not know what to expect when you go to your hearing aid fitting appointment, but there are plenty of things that you can do in preparation. This blog post will review some of the tips and tricks for preparing for a hearing aid fitting so that you can be more informed about what to expect.
What Attire to Wear During Your Hearing Aid Fitting
You should wear comfortable, lightweight clothing to your hearing aid fitting. You won't be doing a lot of moving around during the appointment, so you don't need anything too constrictive or bulky.
What Type of Appointment Is This?
You should also know that there are two types of appointments: custom fittings and stock fittings. A custom-fit means that an audiologist will adjust your aids according to what they see in the ear canal when they examine it with otoscopy. With a stock fitting, an audiologist made all adjustments beforehand who has evaluated those measurements from experience with other patients like yourself.
It will be up to you to decide which type of appointment is best for your hearing needs.
What Happens During the Hearing Aid Fitting?
During your appointment, an audiologist will go through all the necessary steps with you: taking measurements and reviewing solutions that may work well in conjunction with a hearing aid, as well as walking you through how to care for them properly after installation.
You'll want to make sure you ask any questions or concerns before signing off on anything, so it's crucial not just to focus on what benefits come from wearing aids but also to address any potential difficulties associated with them.
How the Hearing Aid Installed
The audiologist will first clean your ear canal with an otoscope; then, they'll put a small amount of sterile water or saline solution in the channel. Next, they'll use their finger to guide the hearing aid into position and make any necessary adjustments for comfort before securing it with a headband attachment that fits over the top of your head.
It's essential to listen during these appointments and ask questions about taking care of your new device after installation. Hearing aids are delicate pieces of machinery, so you need to be mindful about taking good care of them – especially if this is something that you haven't done before!
Different Types of Hearing Aids Available
There are many different types of hearing aids available, such as in the ear, behind the ear and in the canal, the best one for you will depend on your needs. If you're looking for a device that's more discreet or comes with better features, be sure to ask an audiologist during your appointment about which type may work best for you.