If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, then it’s likely that a hearing aid has been recommended as the best course of action to improve your quality of life. You may have talked about your options and even made a decision with the help of your audiologist, but now comes time to schedule the hearing aid fitting. Here, we’re going to look at what you can expect from your appointment.

A hearing aid fitting can last from anywhere between 45 minutes to two hours, so you should ensure to allow for enough time.

Fitting the Device

It should be no surprise that the appointment is going to begin with fitting the hearing aids, first of all. This is an important process, as hearing aids that do not fit can be uncomfortable, can irritate the ear and can make the device more prone to falling out while you’re trying to wear it. The audiologist with have you try on the hearing aids and show you how to put them on to make sure that they fit. If they do not, then the audiologist may have to send them back and order new ones. Custom molds can be made for certain hearing aids to make sure they fit your ear exactly and perfectly.

Adjusting the Device to Your Needs

After they are tested and your audiologist makes sure they fit, they will then program them to make sure that they work properly. This includes using the results of your hearing test to make sure they amplify noise enough to work with both your hearing loss levels and your sound preferences, as well as lifestyle factors, such as your home and work environment and any hobbies that might cause different levels of noise. Audiologists use specialist software to make sure that your devices are programmed as best as possible. Your audiologist will work with you to adjust the hearing aids to your needs while you are there, but if you find that your needs change or you have different preferences, they can help you reprogram the device, too.

Teaching You About Your Hearing Aids

Aside from making sure that your hearing aids fit and are programmed to your needs, one of the primary benefits of a hearing aid fitting is learning more about your devices from your audiologist. They will offer you instructions on how to use and maintain your hearing aid, which can include how to use its different features, how to program it yourself and how to clean and care for your device to make sure that it works as effectively as possible. Your audiologist will also make sure that you have the time to address any questions that might be on your mind, so you shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of their expertise.

If you have any other thoughts or concerns during your hearing aid fitting with your audiologist, don’t hesitate to bring them up. They are there to help you.