A hearing aid fitting is typically a big day for those diagnosed with hearing loss. Thankfully, it doesn’t come with a lot of fanfare; instead, the hour-or-so long appointment will be an educational opportunity for you to learn how to wear, use and maintain your hearing aid for optimum performance.
Fitting the hearing aids
The success of your hearing aid experience depends on a good and comfortable fit. A comfortable fit is more than just how the hearing aid sits within the ear canal; it is also determined by how the hearing aids sound. During the hearing aid fitting, your hearing healthcare professional will program your new hearing aids based on the results of your original hearing test. He or she will then work with you to fine-tune the hearing aids to your individual preferences and unique listening environments.
Learning about your hearing devices
After your hearing aids are properly fitted, your hearing healthcare professional will help you understand how to utilize all the features of your hearing aids, from the simple on-off switch to the more advanced components. Many of the advanced components, such a Bluetooth or directional microphones, can be programmed to your specific tastes and preferences.
Hearing aid care and maintenance
Learning how to care for and maintain your hearing aids is one of the most important aspects of your hearing aid fitting. After all, the better care you take of your hearing aids, the more likely the devices will last longer. Before you head home with your hearing aids, your hearing healthcare professional will make sure you understand how to clean the hearing aids, when to clean them, how to store them and will likely provide you with troubleshooting tips to try at home, should your hearing aids begin to malfunction.
Be your own advocate
To ensure you learn everything you need to during your hearing aid fitting appointment, consider writing down a list of questions you have. Your hearing healthcare professional will be more than happy to answer them and make sure you have the best and fullest understanding of how your hearing aids function. The more you know, the more empowered you will be during your journey with hearing aids.