Here’s what to expect when getting fitted for your hearing aids.
First we help you decide on the right pair for you. We recommend hearing aids based on the following criteria:
- Your level of hearing loss: Based on your audiogram, we will recommend various hearing aid features. Hearing loss is not all the same, and not all hearing aids are made to address all types of hearing loss. That's why it's so essential to obtain a thorough hearing evaluation from a trained hearing care practitioner.
- Your preferences: Some people prefer the smallest hearing aids available. Others choose hearing aids that are larger and easier to clean and maintain. There is no right or wrong answer; it depends on your priorities.
- Your lifestyle: We will inquire about your hobbies and experiences during your appointment. We can help you choose the best hearing aids for your lifestyle based on your information.
Hearing aid fittings are crucial to your success with hearing aids.
Hearing aids are not one-size-fits-all. There are many different types of hearing loss, and each person's needs are different. We will conduct a careful evaluation to determine the hearing aid best suited to you and your lifestyle.
The process of adjusting hearing aids to your hearing needs is called programming.
There are two main parts to hearing aid programming:
- Adjusting the volume, tone, and pitch to suit your preferences. This can be done by listening to different sounds or tones through headphones connected to the device.
- Setting up any additional features of the device such as tinnitus suppression (ringing in ears), directional microphones, volume control with remote control, etc.
Two follow-up visits are necessary for most people to ensure that they receive the most benefit from their hearing aids. During these visits, you may be asked about your satisfaction with the performance of your new devices and any questions or concerns you might have about their use in everyday life.
Hearing aids take a while to adjust to.
If you've had hearing loss for a long time, you might be surprised by the noises that return when you first put hearing aids on. Some sounds may appear excessively loud at first, which can be overwhelming. Over time, your brain can re-learn which noises to focus on and which to ignore and turn down.
It’s important to remember that hearing aids will take time to adjust to. You should wear them as much as possible over the first few days to get used to their feel and sound. Setting up a schedule may help you remember when it's best to put on your hearing aids, such as after brushing your teeth in the morning or before dinner at night.
After wearing them for 30-60 minutes each day for at least two weeks, we will see you back in our office so we can check how they're working together with your brain and ear canal.
Adjustments and follow-up
Following the purchase of your hearing aids, we do everything we can to assist you in adjusting to your new devices as quickly as possible. During this time, we will meet with you regularly to modify the settings of your hearing aids to your specific needs. We'll even run Real Ear Measurements to make sure the hearing aids are performing correctly.
As your hearing changes over time, it's critical to schedule regular follow-up sessions to have your hearing aids adjusted as you acclimate to new sounds.
Be patient, and know that we're here to assist you if you need it during this time of transition.