What to Expect at a Hearing Aid Fitting
Hearing aid fitting is a critical part of your treatment success. Hearing aids work extremely well when custom-fitted to your ears and adjusted for your specific needs and preferences. That’s why reputable hearing aid brands won’t sell their products online. They want you to have the best possible experience with a professional fitting.
Once you’ve selected a hearing aid style that you like, our hearing professionals will check that your hearing aids feel comfortable. Then we’ll program them and check your hearing with the hearing aids in place. We’ll show you the advanced features of your new hearing aids and how to care for them. If your hearing aids fail to meet your expectations, return them to us immediately. We’re happy to adjust them for you.
Your Hearing Aid Fitting will Help you Get the Best Sound
We’ll program your new hearing aids based on the results of your hearing test and your individual preferences and unique listening environments. We can fine-tune your hearing instruments to help you hear in a variety of situations, including in restaurants, crowds and other difficult listening situations. Hearing is subjective; friends with the same hearing loss as you may prefer to have their hearing aids programmed differently.
Real Ear Measurement
We also use Real Ear Measurement, a hearing aid fitting process that uses probe microphones and live real-time speech. It allows you and your family members to immediately see the benefits of hearing aids and understand the fitting process.
Hearing Aids and Follow-up Care
We want you to get the most from your hearing aids. Over the course of one to three follow-up visits, we’ll look at the situations where you thrive and those where you might need some improvement. We’ll adjust your hearing aids based on your experience with them.
Today’s hearing instruments are highly programmable, and small readjustments may make a big difference. Your hearing aids should be comfortable with respect to the physical fit and the sound loudness. If you’re not satisfied, come see us immediately for alterations to provide a comfortable fit.
Getting Used to Your Hearing Aids
Hearing loss typically develops over many years. Becoming reacquainted with sounds while using hearing aids will take practice and time. We’ve had patients who needed only a few days to get used to their new hearing aids, but most need a few weeks to a few months.
In general, the greater your hearing loss and the longer the hearing loss has been present, the more challenging it is to transition to hearing aids. There’s no perfect way to learn how to adjust to hearing aids. But the time you spend adjusting to your new hearing aids is well worth it.
Try to be patient with yourself as you get used to the new sounds, and return to our office for adjustments or consultation if needed. We’re here to help you through this process!
Getting the Most from Your Hearing Aids
There are three things you can do to help us adjust your hearing aids so you can get the maximum benefit from wearing them:
Wear your hearing aids as much as possible. The more you wear them, the more you’ll get used to them and, most importantly, the more information you’ll have to tell us so we can make adjustments.
Write down the situations where you feel you aren’t hearing your best so we can reprogram the devices to work better there.
Be patient. Most of the time we can help you get more from your hearing aids, but it may take two or three visits to make this happen.
All hearing aids come with an adjustment or trial period, typically 30 days from date of purchase. During this time, you’re welcome to visit us for any necessary fitting issues. If, for any reason, you’re not satisfied, you can return your hearing aids during the trial period for a refund minus a small fitting/restocking fee.