Hearing Aid Fitting
When you return to the clinic for your hearing aid fitting your audiologist will program your hearing aids based on a personalized prescription adapted from your diagnostic test results. Real-ear measures and other fitting verification protocols will be utilized to optimize your hearing benefits with your new devices. The audiologist and audiology assistant will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in your ears, how to remove them, how to change the batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also 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 to you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the audiologist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing aids to your liking 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 and family members approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
You will have a 45-day (return for credit) period of time to adjust to hearing better with your hearing aids, to make sure that you are able to handle the devices, and to verify that they meet your hearing needs for your lifestyle. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 1-2 weeks after the initial fitting and subsequent appointments as needed.