Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your audiologist will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. She will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. Often, one of the most important sounds you may want to hear is that of the voice of a loved one- It is a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting so we can make sure their voice is comfortable and clear to you! Also, they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
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 hearing aids is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away.
You may be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that your audiologist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments, as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude perform 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 working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.