Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your audiologist will program them based on your specific hearing needs. The audiologist will explain how to use the devices and how to take them in and out of the ear. In addition, they will teach you how to change batteries and care for and clean the devices. It is a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support for you.
The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there is anything that you feel should be adjusted right away. Your audiologist may do some testing to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may be given a short survey or list of questions to answer after the initial fitting. Be honest about what you hear so that your audiologist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Customized changes to your hearing aids may need to take place over a few appointments, as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing. By working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.