Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The hearing professional will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries or use the charger, and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. Everyone’s voice sounds funny to them at first- this is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid 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 hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that need to be adjusted right away, however learning to hear correctly again is a process. You’ll be hearing many things that you haven’t heard in a while, and while some things may need an adjustment, others go away on their own as your auditory system adapts to the new sound. The hearing professional may do some testing to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the hearing professional can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing. Remember, the follow-up appointments are for your benefit to make sure you’re reaching your fullest potential with your new hearing aids. We want you to be successful!
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 spouse or family, 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 sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your specialist or audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids. Hearing loss is usually gradual and learning to hear properly is a process – not a quick fix. Follow-up appointments are crucial to ensuring your success!