There are many steps involved in getting your hearing aids. First, your Hearing Instrument Specialist will need to run a series of tests to determine how much hearing loss you currently have and ask you about your lifestyle so that they can recommend the best hearing aids for your needs. This will all culminate in a hearing aid fitting.
Your Hearing Instrument Specialist’s fitting process will most likely be the first time you get to try on your hearing aids. It can be an emotional process, but there are a few good reasons why getting your hearing aids fitted requires a separate appointment. It’s not just a matter of picking them up and putting them on. In fact, depending on the circumstances, a hearing aid fitting can take up to an hour or more, and it’s one of the best times to ask questions.
You Can Ask Questions
This is the ideal time to ask any of those lingering questions you might have about your hearing aid fitting. It may be that you didn’t realize you needed to know something until you arrived for your appointment and went through the hearing aid fitting process with your Hearing Instrument Specialist. Or you might have a list of questions from your previous appointment. Either way now is the ideal time to get all the information you need and answer your questions.
You Can Try Your Hearing Aids On
You need your hearing aids to be comfortable. During your hearing aid fitting, your Hearing Instrument Specialist will assess the fit of your hearing aids on or in your ear. They will make the necessary adjustments to the hearing aid to allow for maximum comfort in a way that doesn’t detract from the level of sound you will experience. Remember, they are qualified to do this, and any adjustments you make yourself could damage the hearing aid.
Correctly Programmed Sound Levels
You cannot just switch a hearing aid on and expect it to have the right sound level for you. Instead, your Hearing Instrument Specialist will program the hearing aid to the results of your previous hearing tests. Then during the fitting, it will be adjusted to ensure the hearing level is right and happy with it before you leave.
It may feel like you are repeating things repeatedly, but this is an essential part of your fitting to make sure your new hearing aid is working perfectly for you.
Proper Care And Instructions
Hearing aids are small pieces of technology with one purpose; to improve your hearing. However, much like with anything else, improper care and use can damage your hearing and as such, it can affect the lifespan and the quality of sounds it produces. A hearing aid fitting with your Hearing Instrument Specialist will inform you of all the special handling requirements when inserting and removing your hearing aid, along with how to store it when it isn’t being used and how to clean it.
Always talk to your Hearing Instrument Specialist about the importance of looking after hearing aids and why you need to arrange a hearing aid fitting.