Finding the Right Hearing Aid for You
Getting ready for your hearing aid fitting appointment? It’s important to know and understand what you should expect. Knowing what to expect can help you or your loved one throughout the entire process, especially if this is your first experience wearing hearing aids. So let’s go over what you can expect during your hearing aid fitting appointment.
Viewing & Verification
When you first go in for your appointment with your Audiologist you will view your new hearing aid, and both of you will ensure they have the correct hearing aid model and style for you. If you have any questions about how your hearing aid looks or what the components are, feel free to discuss these with your hearing aid specialist.
After viewing your hearing aid, your Audiologist will discuss general information about your new device including the makeup of the hearing aid and showing you any accessories that come with your device, such as tools you clean it with.
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Hearing Aid Cleaning
Next, your Audiologist will go over how to properly and safely clean your hearing aid with the tools that are provided to you.
Storing Your Device
Your Audiologist will then advise you on how to properly store your hearing aids. You should also make sure to store your hearing aids in a safe place, such as the carrying case that is provided to you by the manufacturer. This case has a hard outer shell which will protect the hearing aid from foreign elements as well as from being crushed or damaged otherwise.
Hearing Aid Battery
Next, you will be shown and instructed on how and when to change the battery in your hearing aid. If you have to charge your hearing aid in a docking station, your hearing health care professional will demonstrate the correct way to use the dock.
Fitting Your Hearing Aid
Once your Audiologist has gone over all the necessary information about caring for your hearing aid, they will begin the fitting process. They will show you how to properly put in and take out your hearing aids. This is important because not only does it educate you on the ways to insert and remove your devices, it also allows them to check the fit of the hearing aid and make sure you have a comfortable fit. Once your hearing health care professional has demonstrated this you will now have a chance to try it yourself.
Hearing Aid Programming & Adjustments
Finally, your Audiologist will program your hearing aid to fit your hearing loss according to your hearing assessment results. Your hearing aid will have been pre-programmed by the manufacturer, but your hearing care professional may need to make a few adjustments before you leave. Talk with your hearing health care professional during this appointment to ensure you are comfortable with the sound quality coming from the hearing aid..
Remember, your hearing care professional is there to help you on your path to better hearing, which includes fitting you with hearing devices you’re comfortable with. If you have any questions during the fitting process make sure to bring them up with your hearing health care professional.
Still have questions about the hearing aid fitting process? If you would like to speak with one of our hearing care professionals, contact us today and schedule an appointment at a Kenwood Hearing Center near you.