If your audiologist has told you that you have hearing loss, a hearing aid is often the best treatment, but the treatment doesn't end there. The hearing aid fitting is arguably more important than the hearing aid regarding successful hearing treatment.
In addition to making sure you can wear it comfortably, this is also a chance to make sure the device fits your hearing needs. Here, we'll talk about what to expect when we fit you for a hearing aid.
After we talk about your lifestyle needs, you will usually be given a few options at different prices. In some cases, you may be able to try out a hearing aid by wearing it for a few hours or a few days.
Once you've decided, we will order your choice and set up a time for you to come back to program the hearing aids for the first time. If you choose a custom-fit ITE style or a BTE style with earmolds, we will take an impression of your ear canal to send with the order.
When your hearing aid gets to us, we will hook it up to the computer and set it up for your hearing loss and preferences. We'll then test with you wearing the devices and check to see if you are hearing everything you need. With the right hearing aid programming, you'll feel like you can once again participate in lively conversations.
Understanding your hearing aids
If you take care of your hearing aids and use them correctly, you will be more comfortable with them, and they will last longer. We will show you how to put in and take out your hearing aids, clean and care for them, change the batteries, and set them to different amplification levels.
We'll also give you some information leaflets that you can take with you. You'll be given a lot of information - don't worry if you can't remember what we say. You can also feel free to ask questions or write down anything you want to remember. You will also be given leaflets and a brochure about the device you are getting.
Getting used to hearing aids
Even if you've worn hearing aids before and are now using a new pair, it can take some time to get used to them. Most of the time, you won't be able to wear them all day right away, and it will take you a few weeks to get used to hearing all the sounds again. We will help you plan to get used to your new hearing aids.
At first, you may only need to wear your hearing aids for a few hours a day. Over time, you wear them longer and longer each day until you can wear them all day. We will set up a time to see you two or more weeks after the hearing aid is put in. This is to ensure you are getting used to your hearing aids well and make any necessary adjustments.
If you want to learn more about what your audiologist can do for you, contact us at Aberdeen Audiology today!