Preparing for Your Hearing Aid Fitting
When it comes to your hearing aid fitting appointment, it is important to know and understand what you should expect. Knowing what to expect can help to ease those jitters, especially if this is your first hearing aid. So let’s go over what you can expect during your hearing aid fitting appointment.
- Viewing. When you first go in for your appointment with your hearing health professional you will view your new hearing aid. You and your hearing health professional will ensure they have the correct hearing aid model and style for you. If you have any questions about how your hearing aid looks or what the components are, feel free to discuss these with your hearing specialist.
- General information. After viewing your hearing aid, you and your hearing health professional will go over general information about your new device. They will go over with you the general make-up of the hearing aid and show you any accessories that come with your device, like tools you clean it with.
- Cleaning. Next, your hearing health professional will go over how to properly and safely clean your hearing aid with the tools that are provided to you by the manufacturer. Yes, there most definitely is a right and wrong way to clean your hearing aids. You will also be given a booklet from the manufacturer that will usually show you with pictures how to properly clean your hearing aids.
- Storing. Your hearing health professional will then advise you on how to properly store your hearing aids. You should also make sure to store your hearing aids in a safe place, such as the carrying case that is provided to you by the manufacturer. This case has a hard outer shell which will protect the hearing aid from foreign elements as well as from being crushed or damaged otherwise.
- Battery. Next, you will be shown and instructed on how and when to change the battery in your hearing aid. Be sure to play close attention as this can be a lifesaver out in public. The manufacturer will also give you instructions on how to do this in the booklet that is provided to you. If you have to charge your hearing aid in a docking station, your hearing health professional will demonstrate the correct way to use the dock.
- Fitting. Once your doctor has gone over all the pertinent information about caring for your hearing aid, they will begin the fitting process. They will show you in front of a mirror how to properly put in and take out your hearing aids. This is important because not only does it educate you on the ways to insert and remove your devices, it also allows them to check the fit of the hearing aid and make sure it’s a match for you. Once your hearing health professional has demonstrated this you will now have a chance to try it yourself.
- Programming. Finally, your hearing health provider will program your hearing aid to fit your hearing loss according to your hearing test results. Your hearing aid will have been pre-programmed by the manufacturer, but a few tweaks may be needed prior to sending you out into the world. Talk with your hearing health professional during this appointment to ensure you are comfortable with the sound quality coming from the hearing aid.
Remember, your hearing care professional is there to help you on your path to better hearing, which includes fitting you with hearing devices you’re comfortable with. If you have any questions during the fitting process make sure to bring them up with your hearing specialist.