Preparing for a Hearing Aid Fitting

Reed Fenton, HIS Hearing Aids

Reed Fenton, HIS

If you have taken the first steps toward hearing assistance, congratulations! You are opening up a new world of connection, communication, and audible content that you can hear and enjoy. The first step, as you know, is to have a hearing test. Your hearing health professional will be able to read the results of your test and to suggest a range of hearing aids or other assistive devices to suit your needs and your lifestyle. In consultation, you will be able to discuss the variety of options out there on the market, as well as the personal dimensions of your lifestyle that make you unique. For instance, those involved in outdoor activities may be interested in hearing aids that can withstand exposure to humidity or moisture, while a person with arthritis might need hearing aids that are not too cumbersome to insert and remove.

After your hearing health professional has paired you with the right hearing aids, you are ready for your fitting. Getting the aids appropriately fitted to the shape of your ears can take some time and practice, so you will want to keep the following tips in mind for your hearing aid fitting to make the process as easy and seamless as possible.

Bring Support

Although you can complete your hearing aid fitting on your own, it is best to seek out assistance for the process. Bring a friend, family member, or loved one to your appointment. Not only will this person be a source of moral support, they will also be able to help you remember important details. At your fitting, your hearing health professional will supply you with information about care and maintenance of your aids, as well as how to recharge or replace batteries depending on the model. This information can be a lot to remember in your visit, so another set of ears will help you remember essential details.

Bring Questions

When you are ready for your hearing aid fitting, come prepared with some questions about the process. How and when will you wear your aids? In what conditions are they appropriate? Do they have other features that can be useful, such as Bluetooth streaming compatibility? How often should they be cleaned or serviced? These questions are just a few of the things to keep in mind when you get your aids, and the answers can vary according to the particular devices you receive. Bringing a list of questions written down ahead of time can be helpful to make sure you don’t forget anything. However, if you do forget to ask a question, you can always ask for clarity after the fact.

Allow Time

Although your hearing aid fitting might go very quickly, some people require some time to get the right fit. Each body is different, and each pair of ears will be differently suited to hearing aids, as well. When your appointment is coming, it is best to set aside ample time for the process and consultation. Some people even benefit from a return visit to the office, an opportunity to check the function of the devices and see how it has been inserting and removing them. Just like incorporating any new technology into your life, it can take time to get used to them. You will likely need to practice inserting and removing your aids in order to figure out the easiest way for you.

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With these tips in mind, you will no doubt find a successful fit for your hearing aids. Although some people take time getting used to them, others find that they are an immediate transition into better hearing. Not only do you need to consider the fit of your hearing aids into your individual ears, you also need to learn to fit them into your existing sense of hearing and your lifestyle! Many find that the first time using hearing aids is a jarring experience, but don’t let that first encounter fool you. Once you are used to wearing hearing aids, you will soon be unable to imagine life without them. And, of course, if you haven’t yet taken the first step in the direction of hearing assistance, don’t put it off any longer! Contact us at House of Hearing today.