Preparing for a Hearing Aid Fitting

Jesse Western

If you are planning on getting a hearing aid fitting then you are already on a very healing road of regaining your hearing and re-gaining your independence! It is often very difficult for an individual with hearing loss to accept that they are having trouble hearing. In fact, on average, people with hearing loss wait 7 years to seek help for their hearing. Think of all the missed moments and precious time that’s lost. All too often denial and embarrassment that can accompany hearing loss has a devastating effect on an individual.

Once you’ve taken the leap and it’s confirmed that you have a hearing loss you will need to attend a hearing aid fitting. A hearing aid fitting is designed to ensure that your hearing aids work the best for you and your lifestyle. It will also offer you all the information that you could want about these devices and guarantee that you can get the most benefits from them. Many users will often underestimate how technical and complex these devices can be. This appointment will be the most effective for you if you know how to prepare ahead of time and know what questions to ask to get the most out of your hearing aid experience.

Complete All Previous Appointments

Make sure you have already had a hearing test before you’ve arrived. There are much more than one kind of hearing loss and there for many different kinds of hearing aids that are best for you and your hearing needs. You may also need to attend an appointment where your hearing aid molds are completed. Each set of ears come in different shapes and sizes. It’s important to get your hearing aids designed to fit your ears perfectly.

Find Out About Hearing Aids Available

Hearing aids vary a great deal in price, size, special features and the way they’re placed in your ear. It’s important to understand the options out there and which might fit best with your lifestyle and your budget. Hearing aid designers keep making smaller hearing aids to meet the demand for a hearing aid that is not very noticeable. But the smaller aids may not have the power to give you the improved hearing you may expect. With so many different choices it can be difficult and somewhat time consuming to find the right option for you. Once you know what is available, we at Hearing Improvement Center can provide advice and recommendations which you can then consider when making your selection.

Hearing Aid Maintenance

Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. You’ll likely notice your listening skills improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. Even your own voice sounds different when you wear a hearing aid. Hearing aids won’t return your hearing to normal. Hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing. They can only improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds. That said, allow time to get used to your new hearing aids.  The more you use them, the more quickly you’ll adjust to amplified sounds. It can be very helpful to practice using the hearing aid in different environments. Your amplified hearing will sound different depending on the location.
Go back for a follow-up. Providers may include the cost of one or more follow-up visits in their fee. It’s a good idea to take advantage of this for any adjustments and to ensure your new hearing aid is working for you as well as it can. The goal is that, in time, you find a hearing aid you’re comfortable with and that enhances your ability to hear and communicate.

Hearing Improvement Center

At Hearing Improvement Center, we excel at what we do, which is helping you hear to the best of your capability. We are here to provide all the support and knowledge that you require. Do not hesitate to ask any and all questions you have about your new hearing aids. It’s important to remember that the more you know about your new hearing aids the better you can adjust to your new lifestyle of being able to hear and participate in life to your fullest potential. If you haven’t already contact us to set up an appointment today.