If you have chosen to buy hearing aids, your fitting appointment is quite possibly the most important of all the visits you will make to your audiologist along the way. You have had your hearing assessed, carefully selected a suitable device and are now ready to take your life-changing purchase home with you!
This appointment will last up to two hours and will be partially spent programming and fitting your new hearing aids. You will be given a lot of important information during this session, so plan on bringing paper or a tablet with you to write any essential points. To get the most out of your hearing aid fitting, consider jotting down these five questions and any of your own beforehand.
1. How do I clean my hearing aids?
While your audiologist will more than likely go over this information with you, it doesn’t hurt to ask for extra tips or tricks. Having a proper cleaning routine for your hearing aids will maximize their lifespan and minimize the need for repairs. So, do not settle for a brief explanation, make sure you are shown how to do it before you leave the office, with the correct tools.
2. How do I protect my hearing aids?
Ask if there is anything you need to do, besides cleaning and maintenance, to protect your hearing aids from damage. Heat, moisture and chemicals can all be potentially harmful to delicate devices like hearing aids, so make sure you are clear on how to properly store and maintain your device.
3. Should I wear my hearing aids all the time?
If you are a new user you may be asked to adhere to a wearing schedule in the very beginning to help you adapt to hearing through your new hearing aids. It’s important to follow your audiologist’s instructions, as adjusting to hearing aids is important to your listening experience. If you are not a new hearing aid wearer, but have purchased devices that are radically different from the model you were previously using, you may still be given special details, so ask your audiologist just to be sure.
4. When should I not wear my aids?
While it seems silly to ask about not wearing your hearing aids, there are several parts of your daily routine or lifestyle that may require you to remove them for a short period of time. Ask about the best time to put your hearing aid in for the day, like after getting your hair ready or washing your face, and discuss other times like showering, swimming or if you’ll be in any extreme cold or heat.
5. How do I change the batteries in my new hearing aids?
This is another point you should certainly be talked through without needing to ask, but it may be wise to note it just in case. Make sure your audiologist takes the time to show you how to change the batteries rather than simply explaining it to you, and then practice doing it yourself before you leave the office.
Your hearing aid fitting will be an exciting appointment in the course of your hearing loss treatment. Make sure you are prepared with questions and information before going into this important visit.