The Basics of Hearing Aid Fittings
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A successful hearing aid fitting isn't just about finding the ideal hearing aid for you. The hearing aid should be properly fitted to provide you with the right sound amplification to maximize your hearing aid benefits. Hearing can be personal and subjective since what appears too loud for you may not be the same for another person. While it is important to take hearing aid fitting seriously, knowing what happens during a fitting can help prepare you for what's ahead.
Examination and Testing
Hearing aid fitting may take a while, as many people say it takes longer than other hearing examinations due to the several elements that need to be fine-tuned and tested. Usually, your audiologist will undertake several sound tests to know the extent of your hearing loss. This is crucial since it enables your audiologist to assess the fine-tuning you need. You can expect to spend up to an hour since hearing aid balancing may take some time.
During this part of the fitting, the audiologist will confirm if the hearing aids are correctly programmed and tweaked appropriately for better hearing. This process may involve inserting your hearing aid as your audiologist will run a small tube close to the hearing aid but between your earmold and eardrum.
The small tube will be connected to a microphone placed outside your ear. This piece of equipment will allow your audiologist to observe how sound is transmitted from the hearing aid to your ear. Fine-tuning adjustments may be carried out to ensure you have the finest hearing experience possible.
Hearing Aid Demonstration
Wearing hearing aids may seem hard for most first-timers. Therefore, listening to your audiologist about various features and explanations on how the device works is necessary. Although many of the instructions are supplied in booklets provided after the fitting, the information may not be enough, so it can be useful to have your audiologist demonstrate some things to you.
You may find wearing a hearing aid strange during your first appointment or doing other things such as changing your battery. For this reason, you want to pay particular attention to how your audiologist handles the hearing device.
Usually, your audiologist will provide instructions on protecting and maintaining your hearing aid after completing a thorough examination. The audiologist may go over how to clean your device, keep them and change and adjust the hearing aid settings.
Since it may seem a lot, the audiologist will provide you with a manual or booklet to cover all the necessary maintenance information. The maintenance information provided can offer a proper coping mechanism. However, you may want to take notes, especially when you can't absorb all the information.
It can take some time to become used to wearing hearing aids, so your audiologist will go over the adjustment instructions with you and schedule a follow-up session. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to voice them out. Hearing aid fitting is the first step toward successfully wearing hearing aids.
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