What to Expect During a Hearing Aid Fitting
You noticed an issue with your hearing and decided to get it checked out. After a hearing test, it was revealed that you were suffering from some level of hearing loss. This could have been mild, moderate or severe and tends to differ from person to person. You have been told that while the hearing issue can’t be cured it can be managed and there are ways to ensure that your quality of life is not affected. The best way to guarantee this is through the use of hearing aids which a hearing instrument specialist advises is the next step.
After selecting your hearing aids, you will need to book a hearing aid fitting. A hearing aid fitting is run by a HIS and used to ensure that you get the best hearing aids for your needs and requirements. Here’s what to expect when you book an appointment like this.
Understanding the device
The first part of a hearing aid fitting will be learning all about the devices that you’re going to be using. Hearing aids aren’t simple devices anymore. They can have a range of different settings and features that a hearing instrument specialist will probably need to explain. Particularly, if this is your first time using hearing aids. While they tend to come with instructions, it is worth taking the time to let an expert show you the ropes. There are various different options and possibilities on how to use each type of hearing aid that you must be familiar with.
Beyond this, you will also be taught and informed how to use the hearing aids effectively and care for them the right way. Hearing aids are very delicate devices. If you don’t maintain them, they could end up needing repairs and expensive replacements for individual parts. You don’t want that and learning how to care for and clean your device correctly is the best way to avoid this. You might even be shown how to use special tools to keep your hearing aids clean and properly cared for. An example of this could be a brush to remove built-up earwax which can create havoc.
It’s also important that you know how to put them in, take them out, replace the batteries and more. Once you have been shown how to do this, you will have no problem completing the steps without supervision or support.
To show you how to remove and put them in, a hearing instrument specialist will use a mirror. This will give you a clear view of how to make sure that they fit in comfortably. The steps to fit a hearing aid will differ depending on whether you have in-the-ear, behind-the-ear or in-the-canal hearing aids. Your hearing instrument specialist will provide information on the different designs before you find the right one for you.
Setting up your hearing aids
After the hearing aids are fitted into your ear and the hearing instrument specialist has made sure they feel comfortable, they will move on to setting them up the right way. How do you do this? Well, there are a few steps that they’ll take here. They will need to make sure that they are programmed correctly with the right volume, pitch and sound. You need to make sure that your individual settings match your needs and a HIS can guarantee this. They will double check the settings to match your needs by performing a real ear measurement with and without the hearing aids. This tells them how well your ears are picking up sound.
Once they have completed these steps, they will fully program the devices to your specific needs and listening environments. Depending on the hearing aids you are using, a HIS may be able to set up multiple hearing programs that you can easily switch through. They will show you how to do this and explain the benefits. They will also make sure that you are comfortable with the different settings and that they will provide a big benefit.
Be aware that setting up a hearing aid is often a trial and error situation. You might have to come back multiple times before you find the right setting for your needs.
Finally, you will be given the chance to ask any questions that you may still have about your hearing aids. A HIS will be keen to answer all the queries to make sure that you don’t leave the appointment confused and that you do get the most advantages from the new device. Do you need to book a hearing aid fitting? Contact The Hearing Aid Specialists of the Carolinas at one of our five nearby locations:
- Burlington: (336) 226-4202
- Asheville: (828) 298-9174
- Kernersville: (336) 993-6887
- Hendersonville: (828) 696-4862
- Winston-Salem: (336) 377-3715