Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you’ve had your hearing evaluated and you’ve selected your hearing aids, our hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The hearing professional will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change or charge batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. This appointment will generally take at least one hour, so be sure to allot enough time. It is also a good idea to bring a family member or friend to your hearing aid fitting, so they can help you remember all of the information that is given. Don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions, which can help you better retain the information, and will allow you to refer to it at a later date.
Understanding Your Hearing Aids
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, and the sounds you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. Our hearing professional can do additional testing to make sure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it. Please remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with your hearing healthcare provider; we are here to help.
Adjusting to Hearing Aids
Attitude is the key to success with your hearing aids. Studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
If, at any time, you would like your hearing aids adjusted, please give us a call or drop by the office. Our goal is for you to be happy and comfortable with your hearing aids, even if it takes a few tries to get everything perfect.