After all initial testing is complete and a treatment plan has been explained, you will select your hearing aids. Your hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription from your audiogram, to meet your hearing needs. Your hearing professional will then take some time to explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to 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, possibly more, so ensure you allot enough time.
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 goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. You will be scheduled for several follow-ups throughout the next few weeks to make adjustments until your hearing aids are delivering the sound best for you. Additionally, remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with your professional.
Fitting your hearing aids
During your hearing aid fitting, your hearing instrument specialist may ask you several questions that pertain to your lifestyle. It is important that you answer as best as you can so that your hearing instrument specialist can be sure to program the hearing aids accordingly. Just remember, 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.
Adjusting to hearing aids
Adjusting to hearing sounds that have been absent from your life for so long can take some time to adjust to. This is completely normal. This is why we are going to see you quite a bit over the next few weeks while we check in to see how you are hearing in your day-to-day life and make adjustments as needed.