Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
If you’ve recently been evaluated for hearing loss, Dr. Jeff will recommend hearing aids if a decline is present. After selecting the best hearing aids for your specific needs, you will schedule a hearing aid fitting. The hearing aid fitting is a crucial appointment to help you understand how to navigate your new devices, which is why the audiologist at The Hearing and Tinnitus Center will complete a number of steps.
During the hearing aid fitting, the audiologist will ensure the hearing aids that you chose are programmed accordingly for your hearing loss needs. You will also learn the proper ways to insert and remove your hearing aids, as well as important tips on caring and maintaining the devices. Knowing what to expect during your hearing aid fitting at The Hearing and Tinnitus Center will help you get the most out of your appointment, so you can plan on the following:
What to expect
It is important to give yourself time and space during your hearing aid fitting. Remember, this is an important appointment.
During this appointment, which can last between one and two hours, you and the audiologist will:
- Ensure your new hearing aids are programmed correctly
- Ensure your new hearing aids fit correctly
- Ensure your new hearing aids fit comfortably
- Ensure you know how to comfortably and confidently work and use your new hearing aids
Because you and your audiologist will cover a lot of material, it can be a good idea to bring a friend or family member who can write down notes or even ask questions. We recommend you bring someone you are comfortable talking about your hearing health with or who has an intimate knowledge of your hearing health and who is also comfortable asking questions for you so that you can focus on learning the ins-and-outs of your new devices.
By the end of the hearing aid fitting, you will learn how to:
- Turn your hearing aid on
- Turn your hearing aid off
- Insert the battery
- Take the battery out
- Replace the battery
- Test the battery for strength
- Properly store the battery
- Properly clean the battery
How to prepare
Because the appointment can be lengthy and because there will be a lot of material to cover, it’s a good idea to prepare for your appointment ahead of time.
Some wise steps to take to prepare for your hearing aid fitting appointment include:
- Writing down any questions you have. Consider doing this as soon as you leave your hearing evaluation appointment in a notebook that you leave in a handy place and can return to before your hearing aid fitting appointment.
- Ask someone to attend the hearing aid fitting with you as soon as you book the appointment
- Check in with your insurance provider to see if any costs might be covered
- Clear your schedule for an hour after your hearing aid fitting appointment, in case it runs long.
- While hearing aids are wonderful devices, there will be an adjustment period. After not hearing those small, subtle noises in a while, you will need to relearn how you process these sounds.
Don’t forget to reach out to the audiologist at The Hearing and Tinnitus Center if you have questions about your upcoming hearing aid fitting.