If you have been told that you need to have a hearing aid, you may be curious about how the selection and fitting appointments will go. Luckily, your hearing instrument specialist will work with you every step of the way to inform you on what is happening and what the purpose is. The hearing aid fitting is an important step in your journey to better hearing, and you will go over a multitude of vital information, from how to take care of your devices to how you use them.
What is the first step?
Before you have your appointment for your hearing aid fitting, your hearing instrument specialist is already going to be hard at work. They will have placed the order for your new hearing aids. Depending on the type of hearing aid you go for, you may need to have an impression taken of your ear to ensure a custom fit. You will then be notified when your hearing aids have been delivered by your hearing instrument specialist so that you can book an appointment. Special software will be used to ensure that your hearing device is programmed to suit your ears and needs specifically.
Beginning the fitting process
Now that your hearing aid has been ordered and it has also undergone programming, you are going to have a sound test. This is a very important part of the hearing aid fitting process. During this, your hearing instrument specialist will place a tube, which will be very thin, into your ear, close to your eardrum. This is not uncomfortable, so there is no need to worry. The tube will measure the impact of both soft and loud sounds in your eardrum. Your hearing device will then be placed in your ear canal with the tube. Your hearing instrument specialist will check the volume and this will enable them to get the right balance when it comes to the amplification of the hearing aid. This means you will be able to hear loud and soft sounds comfortably. Not only is your hearing instrument specialist going to check that the sound is a comfortable level but that also your hearing aid fits comfortably in your ear as well.
Learning about hearing aid care
You may assume that you are now ready to go home and try out your new device. However, the hearing aid fitting is about more than ensuring you can hear effectively. Your hearing instrument specialist is going to give you all of the information you need about hearing aid care too. This includes teaching you how to put your hearing aid in properly and how to remove it correctly. You will also learn about cleaning your hearing aid, changing your hearing aid batteries, making audio adjustments, and anything else that you need to know. You may want to take a notebook with you so that you can jot down everything that you learn during your hearing aid appointment. However, don’t worry if you forget something, as it is likely that you are going to be given paperwork and brochures with all of the details you need as well.
Adjusting to new hearing aids
Now that you have had your hearing aid appointment, the final piece of the puzzle is adjusting to your new device. This can take a couple of weeks, so don’t worry if you do not feel comfortable right away. It is likely that your hearing instrument specialist is going to recommend that you only use your hearing device for a few hours on the first day. You should then increase the amount of time you wear your hearing device for each day until you end up wearing them all day. You will likely schedule a follow-up appointment with your hearing instrument specialist two to three weeks after you get your hearing aids. This visit allows them to ensure your devices are working like they should and your listening experience is as natural as possible. They will also make any additional and final adjustments during this appointment. Make sure you get in touch with your hearing instrument specialist if you experience any discomfort.
If you would like more information about the hearing aid fitting process or you are looking for an experienced hearing instrument specialist to carry out this service for you, all you need to do is give Beck Hearing Aid Centre a call on (888) 618-3778. You will speak to a friendly and experienced specialist who will be more than happy to assist in any manner they can.