Once you have selected your hearing aids following consultation with your audiologist, your audiologist will program the devices, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. Real ear measurement will be completed with the hearing devices in your ears, to ensure that they provide you with optimal benefit. The audiologist will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ears and remove them, how to change or charge batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. This appointment will generally take at least one hour, 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 purpose of hearing aids 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 settings of the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away.
Adjusting to hearing aids
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, as well as your partner or family members, 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 all the environmental sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.