Hearing Aid Fitting FAQs
Getting the right hearing aids is more than just choosing a model and popping it in your ear. There are measurements to take, tests to perform and education. Here are some frequently asked questions about hearing aid fittings.
What happens before the hearing aid fitting?
Prior to your hearing aid fitting, you will meet with your audiologist for a consultation, a physical exam and hearing tests. When the results are in, your audiologist will discuss hearing aid options. After your model selection, you’ll set up an appointment for a hearing aid fitting.
Will there be more hearing tests?
Yes. A hearing aid fitting takes an hour or two because your audiologist will not only check fit, but will check volume as well. This exam is done with a microphone on a thin tube. The tube is inserted in your ear, near your eardrum and measures sound volume. Then, with the tube still in your ear, the hearing aid is inserted and the volume tests are repeated. This allows the audiologist to set soft and loud sounds that are most comfortable to you.
What else happens during the appointment?
Your audiologist will show you how to insert and remove your hearing aids, how to check volume controls, how to replace batteries and how to clean them. You will also receive printed instructions and information about your hearing aids.
Will I be able to wear the hearing aids that day?
Normally you will wear them during and after your appointment. You can wear your hearing aids for a few hours the first day and gradually increase wearing time until you have them in all day.
What changes in hearing should I expect after the fitting?
With your new hearing aids, you will notice sounds you haven’t heard in years. Additionally, your own voice may sound a bit funny to you (as may other’s voices). If you experience any squealing sounds or if the volume is too soft or too loud, call your audiologist.
What happens next?
After your hearing aid fitting, there will be at least one follow-up appointment to check fit and to help with any issues, concerns or questions you may have. Your audiologist will discuss annual or semi-annual visits to check the fit of your hearing aids and your hearing. Also, you will want to have professional cleaning done two or three times a year at your audiologist’s office.
A hearing aid fitting usually takes an hour or two, since there is a lot of information to learn. In addition to the tests and receiving instructions concerning your new units, it’s a time to ask questions. A hearing aid fitting starts the process of improved hearing and better hearing health.