Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids, you will be scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. The aids will be programmed based on your prescription, to meet your hearing needs. Then they will be verified using probe microphone measurements to ensure the the fitting is appropriate. We will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
When you put the hearing aids in 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 is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids to make them sound more comfortable. It is important to remember that your hearing loss has been gradual and all of a sudden we are giving you back your hearing. It is going to take a little while to adjust to this. Your brain needs about two weeks to adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. 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 may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your Doctor of Audiology, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.