Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing devices 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 batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
When you put the hearing devices 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 device 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 devices at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. The hearing professional will perform live speech mapping along with ear level testing to make sure the hearing devices are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the hearing professional can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing devices. Your hearing device 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 devices in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing devices. Studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing devices. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing device 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 hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing devices.