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What You Need to Know About Hearing Aid Fittings

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Wearing a new hearing aid for the first time is an important part of your hearing health journey. Having an audiologist there to guide you through it can ensure you get it off to the right foot. As such, here are a few things you should know about your hearing aid fitting.

Your Audiologist Will Make Sure Your Hearing Aids Work to Your Needs

Before fitting the devices themselves, your audiologist is most likely to provide a hearing test to get a good idea of your range of hearing, even if you’ve already had one conducted recently. This is to make sure that the audiologist is using an audiogram with the latest results when they are programming your hearing aid. Your hearing aid can provide different levels of gain and amplification to make sure that sounds are played at the right level for your comfort and need.

Your Audiologist Will Make Sure That You Get the Right Device

Your audiologist will take the time to talk to you about the different kinds of hearing aids available, as well as the features that they offer. They may make recommendations on specific types of hearing aids based on your hearing loss level or aspects of your lifestyle.

It’s part of the audiologist’s role to stay up to date with what hearing aids are offering, so it’s always worth listening to their recommendations, but the final choice is ultimately yours. Your audiologist will also make sure that hearing aids are prepared for you, such as by making custom molds of your ears for any devices that have to be worn in the ear.

Your Audiologist Will Test the Device for You

Real ear measures are a form of test your audiologist will do to make sure that your hearing aids are providing the proper level of amplification by checking how loud sounds are inside your ear canal. This is done by safely inserting a thin tube into the ear canal, connecting it to a microphone and then measuring the sound near the eardrum. Following this, the hearing aid will be inserted. The difference in volume levels of the sound played with and without the hearing aid will be compared to make sure that soft sounds are being amplified enough for you to hear them.

Your Audiologist Will Answer Any Questions You Have About Your Hearing Aid

Aside from making sure that your hearing aid fits your ear just fine and is working as expected, your audiologist is going to make sure that you’re comfortable with your hearing aids and how to use them. As such, if you have questions about how to wear them, how to clean them or how to otherwise take care of them, the hearing aid fitting is the perfect time to do it.

Your audiologist is the best possible partner you can have during your hearing aid fitting. Don’t hesitate to make your appointment with them and get the quality-of-life improvements you should.


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