Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you have completed your hearing aid evaluation and worked with the audiologist on selecting the hearing aids most appropriate for your hearing needs, you will be scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. During this appointment, your audiologist will program the hearing aids with a specific prescription, based upon your hearing evaluation. Once programmed, your audiologist will explain how to insert and remove the hearing aids and batteries along with very basic cleaning instructions. We will try not to overwhelm you with too much information at this visit. It is recommended that you bring a close friend or family member along to this appointment to help you remember all of the information will be given during this time.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THE HEARING AIDS ARE TURNED ON
When you put the hearing aids in your ears and they are turned on 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(s) is to make every day sounds more audible and to improve your communication ability. Your hearing through the hearing aids will be different from what you are accustomed to, but it is important to ensure that what you are hearing is clear and pleasant. It is important to remember that your hearing loss did not occur overnight, so it may be difficult to adjust to your full prescription all at once. It will take time to adjust to all of the new sounds you will be hearing. As you adjust to these new sounds, we will gradually increase the strength of your prescription.
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!
Attitude is an important key to your success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people with a positive attitude do best with their devices. 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 takes time and practice to get used to the sounds you were missing.