HEARING AID EVALUATION AND SELECTION

After your hearing test, your hearing professional will discuss your results with you.  During this time they will discuss the sound you are not hearing and how a hearing aid(s) may help you.  This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about different sounds/frequencies that you are having difficulties with.  In many cases your hearing professional will provide you with the opportunity to see, touch and hear different types of hearing aids.  Your hearing professional will help you

If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears. Your hearing professional may explain what sounds you are not hearing and what a hearing aid(s) can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see and touch different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to listen to a hearing aid. Your hearing professional will help you choose the best hearing aid(s) style, features and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances. The final decision on which hearing aid(s) is purchased is your choice.

Once you make a decision, the hearing professional may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds. Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your hearing professional to meet your specific hearing needs. This process can take a few weeks, so do not be disappointed when you do not receive your hearing aids the same day as your evaluation.

 

Hearing Aid Fitting

After evaluating and selecting your hearing aids, your hearing professional will program them based on a prescription from your hearing evaluation.  The hearing professional will explain how to use the hearing aids, how to put them in your ear and how to remove them.  Additionally the hearing professional will explain how to change/charge the batteries and how to clean and care for your hearing aids.  If the hearing aids have options for program changes, volume control or phone apps, the hearing professional will go over them to ensure you are able to use your hearing aids to the fullest.  Having a family member present during the hearing aid fitting is also a good idea; they can help remember all the information given and help you in the days to come.

The first time you put on hearing aids you may have different emotions.  This is a normal reaction due to the sounds you hear.  The goal of hearing aids is to make everyday sounds audible.  But, the sounds you hear should be comfortable and clear.  Your hearing aid professional may talk with you, walk away while talking or make loud sounds to ensure the programming is right for you.  Your hearing professional may make small adjustments while you are in the office for comfort and sound clarity.

During your fitting, your hearing professional will discuss the next few days and weeks with you to help you adapt to the new sounds you are hearing.  The first fitting is just the starting point; as you wear your hearing aids, you may request changes to customize the sounds you are hearing.

One of the most important keys to success with hearing aids is your attitude.  Studies have shown people with a positive attitude do better at adapting to hearing aids.  If you and your spouse/family approach your hearing aids use with a positive outlook, you will adapt and enjoy your experience more quickly.  Please remember that it may take some time and patience to get used to the sounds you were missing.  By working closely with your hearing professional you will have the best results.