Hearing Aid Fitting
The hearing aid fitting process puts patients one step closer to the finish line. During this session, you will get a chance to try your new hearing aids for the first time. Grace Hearing and Language Services offers several brands and styles of hearing aids, with the ability to provide prescriptions tailored to your needs. The long-term success of the hearing device depends on the hearing aid fitting and how receptive you are to the new features.
Before the fitting
Making a checklist will ease patients into the flow of getting hearing aids for the first time. Think of important questions and any concerns about the device. The audiologist will cover the most critical questions, but it is still up to the patient to voice any concerns they may have. Having a checklist ready for the fitting will completely change how you approach the meeting. Instead of leaving with concerns, you will have a better idea of what your devices have to offer.
A good fit is vital
Only you can decide what’s comfortable in your ears. Always voice concerns about the fit to the audiologist in charge. Hearing aids are worn for hours at a time, so if something feels off, then chances are it will be an all-day problem. Custom earmolds were created to alleviate comfort problems and will help during the fitting. One of the many questions asked when getting a new hearing aid is the level of comfort in both ears. Although uncommon, sometimes one side fits better than the other. Uneven fits are one of the many things checked during the hearing aid fitting.
What to expect
Although the hearing aid comes with a prescription, it still needs to be fine-tuned for performance. There will be a lot of information going back and forth during the meeting. Bringing a friend or loved one along is recommended to enhance the experience. It’s also helpful to have a familiar voice during live speech mapping, and other sound configuration tests.
Further programming to the hearing aid is done in real time, guided by hardware and the personal preferences of the patient. An optional short survey is provided after the fitting that covers crucial points during the meeting. When paired with the information provided about care and maintenance, it empowers hearing aid wearers to be in full control of their new devices. The final part of the fitting is setting up a follow-up appointment so that you can touch base with the audiologist.