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How to Get the Most Out of Your Hearing Aid Fitting
Your hearing aid fitting is a vital step in your treatment plan for hearing loss. This appointment will enable you to learn more about your devices – from how to actually operate them to care and maintenance. Because this appointment is so vital to your overall device satisfaction, it’s essential to know what to expect and how you can get the most out of this fitting.
Write questions ahead of time
One of the best ways to get ready for your hearing aid fitting is to jot down any questions you may have before the appointment. If you’re not sure where to start, consider learning more about what will happen during this visit. You will take in a lot of information during your hearing aid fitting, which can make it easy to forget any lingering questions you might have. Writing them ahead of time ensures your inquiries will get a prompt response.
Bring a notepad
In addition to already having your questions prepared, you will also want to take a notepad to record answers and any other pertinent information you receive. The audiologist will go over a lot of different information, such as how to care for your hearing aids, how to insert and remove them, how to change the batteries and how to properly store them at night. You will also learn how to use your devices, which is crucial to getting the most out of your experience. Pay attention to how you power the device on and off, adjust the volume and switch between settings. If you do not understand something fully, ask the audiologist to go over it again with you. They want to help you as much as possible, which includes a full comprehension of your devices.
Ask a friend to go with you
Asking a friend or family member to attend your hearing aid fitting is also an excellent way to get the most out of your visit. In addition to helping you collect all the information you need to know, they can also come up with questions of their own that you may not think of. This could be something about how individuals around you can communicate with you better or if what to do if you have problems in a group setting.
Schedule a follow-up visit
You will also want to schedule a follow-up visit for two or three weeks after your initial appointment. This allows the audiologist to evaluate how your overall experience has been so far, and make any minor adjustments your devices might need for optimal performance. This is a completely common occurrence, so don’t fret if your hearing aids need small modifications.