3 Ways to Prepare for Your Hearing Aid Fitting
Your hearing aid fitting appointment with an audiologist could be the first step in a change that drastically improves your quality of life. Your audiologist will help you choose the best possible device to match your needs, helping you live the kind of lifestyle you want.
However, it’s not uncommon for patients to want to go into their appointment with a better sense of what they’re about to go through, so here are a few ways that you can prepare.
Do a little research on the device
By the time that you make an appointment for a hearing aid fitting, you should have already chosen the model you want to go with, and the audiologist may have made a mold of your ear to ensure that they can fit the device properly. If you haven’t done that yet, then ask the audiologist about it. If you’re past that step, then your next appointment will be the fitting itself. To help you get more comfortable with the device, it’s a good idea to do a little further research on it. Your audiologist will have helped inform you about it during the process of choosing it, but those appointments tend to be so full of information, it can be easy to forget which device you chose in the end. Go online and get familiarized with the device and the different features available so you can use it more effectively.
List down any questions you have about living with a hearing aid
Your quality of life is likely to see a dramatic improvement once you have your hearing aid fit. The change can be overwhelming for some and there’s a lot of information to process. To help you keep it all in mind, you should write down any questions you have about life with the hearing aid. Some example questions might include how you maintain and clean it, how you change the settings, and how long you should wear it every day. Your audiologist can easily answer all those questions based on your specific device and your needs. It’s not uncommon for patients to forget to ask, however.
Consider bringing a family member or friend with you
Similarly, it’s not uncommon for patients to forget all the information they learn about their hearing aid. The hearing aid fitting is a huge adjustment and you might be so busy focusing on the process itself, as well as the sudden change to your hearing that you forget the answers to your questions. Having a family member or friend there can make it easier to remember the information given by splitting the burden. They can take any notes, too. Even though it’s harmless and should go without a hitch or any drama, it’s not unheard of for patients to be nervous about the fitting. Having someone you know there to provide a little moral support is far from uncommon.
Once you arrive, your audiologist is going to take care of all that’s essential. Be sure to respond honestly to questions about fit and comfort.