When your audiologist recommends hearing aids, selection is only the beginning of the process. Equally important is the fitting, which involves programming your hearing aids and making adjustments to provide the correct levels of amplification for your particular hearing loss. Counseling is a necessary step to ensure you have realistic expectations, and is crucial for long-term success.
THE HEARING AID FITTING PROCESS
Before you ever put on hearing aids, you’ll receive counseling to prepare you for this change in your lifestyle. While hearing aids will undoubtedly improve your communication abilities, it is important to understand they are not a cure for hearing loss, and do have certain limitations. Learning what to expect beforehand will help you achieve the maximum benefit from your devices.
When you receive your hearing aids, you will need to schedule a fitting appointment to make sure they are programmed to the optimum settings for your specific hearing needs.
Your audiologist will check the physical fit to make sure they are comfortable. They will then be programmed and adjusted based on your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. You will learn how to use your hearing aids and make adjustments for different hearing environments, insert and remove them, change the batteries, and clean and care for them properly. You will also learn tips and strategies for better communication.
A follow-up visit will be scheduled a few weeks after your initial fitting. During this appointment, your audiologist will fine-tune and adjust your hearing aids as needed, and answer any questions you may have. It may take awhile to adjust your hearing aids to their maximum effectiveness, so additional fitting appointments may be needed.