Audiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing-related issues
Why Should You Schedule a Hearing Aid Fitting?
If you’re new to the process of getting hearing aids, you may not understand the different appointment and visits this will require. From the evaluation and selection process to the hearing aid fitting, each visit is a crucial piece to your hearing loss treatment. If you’ve selected the perfect devices to suit your specific needs, next, your audiologist will have you schedule a hearing aid fitting.
Your device will be fit to your anatomy
Hearing aids are not created equal – in fact – some require earmolds to sit snuggly and correctly in your ear. Because everyone’s ear anatomy is different, and hearing aids require different pieces to properly function, part of your fitting appointment will be dedicated to ensuring everything is comfortable and secure. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort, so don’t hesitate to talk to the audiologist if something doesn’t feel right.
Your device will be programmed to your needs
When you were diagnosed with hearing loss, you received an audiogram that displayed the frequencies and tones you struggle most to hear. This will be used to program your hearing aid to give you the best listening experience possible. During the hearing aid fitting, your audiologist will use these results to tailor your devices to your exact requirements.
You’ll learn how to care for your hearing aids
Another critical part of your hearing aid fitting is the education portion. Your audiologist will show you how to maintain your hearing aids. This includes what daily cleaning you should be doing, any more detailed maintenance that is required, how to change your batteries and where to store them at night to keep them safe. Good maintenance habits are important to the lifespan and function of your devices, so make sure to follow the suggestions your audiologist provides.
Learn how to use the devices
Lastly, you’ll also learn how to actually use your new hearing aids. This will be simple things like inserting and removing your hearing aids, in addition to how to power them and adjust the volume. Your audiologist will also show you how to utilize more advanced features if you selected them, such as switching between sounds profiles and connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Make sure you express any concerns or ask any questions you may have during this appointment. Your audiologist wants you to benefit from your new devices so they will do everything they can to create an optimal listening experience.