Hearing loss can be easily remedied these days with the use of modern hearing aids. There are many different hearing aid types that you might try, such as the behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) or in the canal (ITC). But the type you are expecting to have fitted, it’s important to get it properly fitted at a hearing aid fitting carried out by an audiologist.

Before you go for your hearing aid fitting, it might help to know about what you can expect. In this article, we'll take you through four of the most important expectations. 

Assessment and questionnaire

Before anything else happens, your audiologist will want to know as much as possible about you, the nature of your hearing loss and your lifestyle. All of this will help to determine what kind of hearing aid you need, as well as what other help or assistance you might require along the way. Part of this initial assessment will also be an examination of your ear to ensure it is safe to install a hearing aid.

Hearing aid fitting

Next up comes the actual hearing aid fitting itself. This process is simple, quick and easy and not something that you need to be concerned about at all. This is where an audiologist and you will work together to determine what is comfortable for you, so that the hearing aid can be fitted properly. 

By the end of this part of the process, you will have a good sense of what a well-fitting hearing aid feels like, which is important for the future use of your hearing aid. 

Guidance and advice for the future

After that, the audiologist will start to give you plenty of advice and guidance on how to use your hearing aid. That will include putting it in and taking it out or how often you should be wearing it. They will also discuss with you how to care for your device, how to clean it properly and changing the batteries. You should come away from the fitting with a full understanding of how to maintain and use the hearing aid properly.

Discussion on what to expect next

Finally, your audiologist will talk you through what you can expect once you leave the fitting with your hearing aid intact. They will describe how different your hearing might be for a while, and how long you can expect it to last, as well as change to lifestyle that you might expect in the near future. All in all, you will come away feeling fully prepared.