4 Things to Expect During a Hearing Aid Fitting
Hearing aids are the best device out there for people suffering from a loss of hearing. Whether both ears are bad or just the one, a hearing aid can help bring more sound back into your life.
If you’re about to attend your first ever hearing aid fitting with your audiologist, then you may wonder what to expect. Bearing that in mind, here are four things that will happen during your appointment:
More hearing tests
You may think the hearing tests are over at this point, but you’re wrong. Your audiologist is likely to perform one more hearing exam to make absolutely certain that they fit the right hearing aid for your hearing loss. Following this, you’ll have a consultation where they will talk to you about your hearing loss once more, and make it clear what’s wrong, and how the hearing aid will rectify the problem. If you have any questions that have lingered in the back of your mind since your initial consultation, now is the time to speak up!
Instructions on how to use your device
During the appointment, your audiologist will bring out your hearing aid for the first time. This is your chance to see what it looks like and get a feel for how heavy it is. It’s also the perfect opportunity for them to give you instructions on how to use it. They’ll provide a detailed demonstration, showing you all the different features and what you should do to adjust the volume. There’s a lot to take in at this point and you’ll likely receive a whole host of information to read when you get home too.
An immediate change in your hearing
This is the first time you’ll be fitted with your hearing aid and it’s going to be a massive moment for you. If you’ve had poor hearing for months or years, then this appointment will shock you. As soon as the hearing aid is fitted and turned on, you’ll notice an immediate change in your hearing. It will blow your mind as you realize how much you missed out on for all those months without this device. So, brace yourself for this very emotional moment!
A follow-up appointment
Finally, you should also expect a follow-up appointment to be booked during this fitting. Yes, you will have to go back, this isn’t the last time you’ll see one another. A future appointment must be booked so your audiologist can check that the hearing aid is working properly. They’ll tune it at your main hearing aid fitting and might make adjustments if needed during the next appointment. As a result, just be ready for another appointment after this one – there’s more to be done.
Hopefully, this has provided you with some extra clarity on what goes on during one of these fittings. Please be aware that this will likely be a very long appointment too. You should expect it to take over an hour at the very least, purely because of how much there is to get through.