What Happens During a Hearing Aid Fitting?
After having your hearing test and learning that hearing aids could help you, the next step is to choose your hearing aids and have a hearing aid fitting. If you've never done this before, it can be a bit daunting. But the process is nothing to worry about and you can soon have your new hearing aids helping to give you clear hearing back. Here are some of the things that you can expect.
Discussing your requirements
Before having your new hearing aids fitted, you need to choose which ones are right for you. Your hearing specialist can help you to choose hearing aids based on your hearing loss, lifestyle, different listening environments and communication needs. They can show you different hearing aid types and styles, as well as the possible features that you can choose.
When you choose your hearing aids, impressions will be taken for earmolds. This is to make sure your hearing aids can be custom made to fit your ears exactly. Not all styles of hearing aid require earmolds, but many of them do. You will need to wait a couple of weeks for your hearing aids to be made before you return to have them fitted.
As part of your hearing aid fitting, your hearing care provider will take real-ear measures. This determines how loud sounds are in your ear canal. It requires a thin tube, which is connected to a microphone, to be inserted into your ear canal. The microphone will first measure sound in your ear canal without a hearing aid. Then your hearing aid will be inserted without removing the tube. With the hearing aid switched on, your hearing specialist will measure the volume of sound at its output. They will test sounds at different volumes so that quieter sounds are amplified and louder sounds aren't too uncomfortable.
Hearing aid programming
Your hearing health professional will spend some time adjusting the settings in your hearing aids to get them right. Real-ear measures are used to find the right settings to program into your hearing aids before you go home with them. The settings will meet your needs in regards to your level of hearing loss. Your hearing care provider can also set some different programs for you for different environments.
Care and maintenance review
Once the settings on your hearing aids are correct and they feel comfortable, your hearing specialist can talk to you about how to use and care for your hearing aids. They will help you with things like inserting and removing your hearing aids, changing the settings, adjusting the volume, changing the batteries and more. They can also teach you about how to clean your hearing aids and how you should look after them to make sure they don't break or cause any problems. Make sure you ask any questions you have before you take your hearing aids home.
The aim of your hearing aid fitting is to get your hearing aids comfortable in your ear and at the right sound level so that you can improve your hearing.