Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, our audiologist will program them to meet your hearing needs. You will then learn how to use the devices, take them in and out of the ear, change or charge the batteries, as well as care for and clean them.
This appointment will generally take at least an hour, possibly more, so ensure you allot enough time. It is also a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting, so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions, which can help you better retain the information.
Understanding Your Hearing Aids
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 the device is to make everyday sounds audible, comfortable and clear. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things you feel should be adjusted right away. Additionally, remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with your professional.
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 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.
Adjusting to Hearing Aids
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do 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. By working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.