Hearing Aid Fitting
The hearing aid fitting is an important day in any patient’s life. This is the day that hearing aids are received, fitted and officially designated to the wearer. Even with previous hearing appointments, the new information provided at hearing aid fittings can be daunting. Leaving the appointment with a lot of unanswered questions means that it was not a successful fitting.
Source: Healthy Hearing
After a successful hearing aid fitting, scheduled checkups will keep everything up to date with the device. That includes maintenance, minor repairs and accessory information. The checkups are also a great time to ask doctors about any questions relating to daily device usage or new hearing problems.
What to expect
Patients need to set aside at least two hours for the appointment. The shortest appointment can last an hour, but several factors add or subtract from that total. A hearing aid fitting is broken down into three categories.
Information – Audiologists will explain all of the tests that need to take place during the appointment. This usually includes information about live speech mapping, a new technology that helps audiologists reprogram hearing aids faster. This is also a good time for professionals to ease their client’s worries before the fitting begins.
Fitting – Live speech mapping is used in place of older technology. Because of its high accuracy, professionals are able to reprogram hearing aids effectively the very first time they are used. This prevents patients from having to return for a reprogramming at a later date. During the fitting it is up to the patient to discuss how comfortable the device feels in their ears. Adjustments are made so that the hearing aids are set for all day wear without irritating the ear canals.
Questions – This applies to everyone in the room, including the audiologist prescribing the hearing aids. Maintenance, accessory usage, battery swapping, cleaning and more are all covered. Sometimes a short questionnaire will be given out so that the patient can answer the most frequently asked questions about new hearing aids.
Tips to help with comfort
Coming prepared is the best way to be 100 percent comfortable at a hearing aid fitting. There are a few things to do ahead of the appointment that will guarantee a smooth visit. Even for returning patients, these tips still hold some weight.
Bring a friend or loved one to the fitting. Hearing a familiar voice while wearing hearing aids helps the patient gauge everyday sounds. A loved one or friend may also have their own questions to ask the doctor.
Write down questions before the fitting. Nervousness leads to forgetfulness, so always have a paper tucked away with important questions about the hearing aid fitting.
Don’t be afraid to speak up if something is wrong. Live speech mapping shows a visual representation of what the patient is hearing. But without feedback from the patient, small things can be missed. Patients should make it a point to be vocal about any problems with their new devices.