Hearing Aid FittingO
nce you have completed your hearing aid evaluation and worked with our audiologist on selecting the hearing aids most appropriate for your hearing needs, you will be scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. Before this appointment, our audiologist will program the hearing aids with a specific prescription, based upon your hearing test and all the information gathered about your communication needs.
Once programmed, our 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 you will be given during this time.
What to expect with your new hearing aids
1. Getting used to wearing your new instruments
Now that you’ve purchased new hearing aids, an adjustment period is needed to become comfortable hearing all of the sounds that you’ve missed in the last few years. Some people will adjust right away to their new hearing aids, but everyone improves over time.
2. One’s own voice may sound different
Hearing aids will amplify your own voice. Therefore, your own voice may sound different or loud. This is normal and a part of the adjustment period. You will get used to hearing “you” again.
3. Hearing aids are not “new ears”
Most people with hearing loss have a permanent type of loss that affects the nerve transmission of sound. Hearing aids cannot correct this permanent damage —they cannot restore a person’s hearing to normal. Hearing aids simply provide assistance to help you hear and process sounds better.
4. Help from friends and family
Hearing loss poses difficulties for everyone involved. Remember – communication is a two-way street. It is the listener and the speaker. You will have help from your hearing aids and you should expect help from your communication partners. It is ok to ask them to follow the rules of effective communication: get my attention first, look directly at me and speak slower, not louder.
5. Have realistic expectations
Remember, in a noisy restaurant or at a party most people, even those with normal hearing, cannot hear perfectly. They sometimes misunderstand the dialog at the movies or on TV. You shouldn’t expect to hear everything perfectly all the time.
6. 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.
Real-Ear Measures Video
Post-fitting adjustments to your new hearing aids are often necessary and expected. Remember that your hearing loss did not happen overnight and most people are not fit with the full prescription for their hearing loss during the initial fitting. As you adjust to your new hearing aids and the new world of sound, we will continue to monitor your progress and gradually increase the strength of your prescription.
At 81, this was my first experience with hearing aids. I was a bit guarded at first, but was soon put at ease by their friendly and professional demeanor. The most thorough hearing test I’ve ever had. No hard sell, but after my first visit I knew I would be purchasing my aids from Beth and Suzanne, co-proprietors.