Hearing is one sense that many people take for granted – until hearing loss affects them or one or their loved ones. While surprising to learn, an estimated 466 million people in the world have a hearing disability. Fortunately, assistance is available for anyone experiencing hearing loss. If you or a family member will be receiving a hearing aid to improve your ability to hear, a hearing aid fitting will be scheduled after the initial consultation. This guide will teach you what to expect during your hearing aid fitting.
Like the name suggests, the fitting will consist of fitting you for a hearing aid. Your audiologist will have you try on a few different styles, which will help determine what option is most comfortable and effective.
Depending on the type of aid, you may need to have molds taken of your ear. This is especially important if you will be wearing an in-ear hearing aid device. Without the molds, the aid will not properly within the air, reducing its effectiveness.
Once you and your audiologist determine the style and fit of hearing aid you need, sound tests will take place. These tests are essential for ensuring the hearing aid works effectively, improving your hearing and the quality of sound without any interference.
The audiologist will balance the volume levels, adjusting the amplification as needed, ensuring you can hear all sounds without buzzing, ringing, or discomfort.
Once sound adjustments are made, your audiologist will help adjust the fit of the hearing aid an additional time.
You will also learn about caring for your hearing aid during the fitting appointment. Most people are surprised to learn how much care and maintenance, but your audiologist will help you understand the importance and the steps necessary to keep your aid working effectively.
You will learn how to insert and remove your hearing aid safely. Also, proper storage will be discussed. Each hearing aid style will have its own case and designed storage area.
You will also learn when and how to replace the batteries in your hearing aid. Replacement batteries will most likely be given to you during your appointment in addition to paperwork with all of the directions discussed during the fitting appointment.
Finally, your audiologist will instruct you to schedule a follow-up appointment, which is necessary for sound tests and fittings after you have worn your hearing aid for a specific period of time.