Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The hearing professional will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change or charge batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. This appointment will generally take at least one hour, possibly more, so ensure you allot enough time. It is also a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions, which can help you better retain the information.
Understanding Your Hearing Aids
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.The hearing professional will do additional testing to make sure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it. Additionally, remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with your professional.
Follow Up Appointments After The Initial Fit
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that audiologist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your fitting is only a starting place; other adjustments to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over the next few appointments. If need be write down a list of questions you would like to go over with your audiologist at your next appointments.
Adjusting To Hearing Aids
The first several weeks with your new hearing devices are the most challenging. Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude and motivation 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 wearing your hearing aids consistently and working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
Routine Visits For Your Hearing Aids
After you have finalized your purchase, it is recommended to schedule routine hearing aid checks every 4 to 6 months. During those visits, your audiologist will thoroughly clean and evaluate that your devices are in good working order. Every year, you also will be recommended to come in for an annual hearing test and hearing aid recalibration. Coming in for the proper routine maintenance of your devices will only improve the success of your hearing aids.
In response to COVID 19 and the increasing demand for telehealth services, Listen Hear facilitates the hearing aid process and improves your experience by providing access to your audiologist at your convenience, wherever you are.