Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your audiologist will program them to meet your needs. The audiologist will explain how to use the devices. He or she will also explain how and put them and remove them. Lastly, they will show you how to change batteries and care for the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting. This is so they can help remember all the information and be a support to you.
When you first put the hearing aids in, 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. 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. The hearing professional may do some testing to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
Adjusting After Time
You may also receive a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the 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 and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing, some adjustments might need be made.
Keep A Positive Attitude
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience. Keep in mind that it may take you some time to adjust to the sounds you were missing. But by working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.