When it comes time to get your hearing aid fitted there are many questions you will need to ask as well as many questions you will want to ask. Your audiologist will answer many of your questions as you go through the appointment together, but it is always a good idea to have a list of questions you want to make sure they answer with you.
So here is a little “cheat sheet” of questions you might want to ask or ensure are answered during your appointment. Remember it might also be a good idea to take some notes during the appointment to make sure you remember the information after your appointment because you will be given a lot of information in a short time.
1. How do I properly care for and clean my hearing aids?
This is one of the most important questions to have answered because improper care and cleaning of you hearing aids can cause them to deteriorate faster and rendered useless sooner than they are supposed to. Go over with your audiologist how to properly care for and clean your hearing aids. Taking notes here will help you in the future.
2. How do I change the battery?
Along with this should go the question of how do you know when you your battery needs to be changed? Most hearing aids will give an indicator beep that will tell the user the hearing aid battery is low, but another indicator is when the hearing aid is dead and not working the battery may be dead and needs changing. Opening and closing the battery door can be difficult because it is very tiny and if not done carefully, the door can break off, so be sure to go over this with your audiologist.
3. How do I change programs?
A lot of hearing aids today will sense the environment you are in and change accordingly; however, some hearing aids need to have the programs manually changed. Be sure to go over all of this with your audiologist so that you know and understand how your hearing aid works.
4. How do I change the volume?
Some hearing aids do not have a volume control, the hearing aids adjusts the volume and programs as needed as to what they sense around you. Other hearing aids do have manual volume control buttons on the hearing aid or by using a remote. Go over these features with your audiologist so you know and understand how your hearing aid works.
Your hearing aid fitting appointment will be an incredibly important part of treating your hearing loss. Feel free to discuss any additional questions or concerns with your audiologist to ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids.