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What Happens Before The Hearing Aid Fitting?

Once you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, your hearing care professional will recommend hearing aids as the best form of treatment. Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and features, and your hearing specialist will walk you through the differences and which are best suited to your needs. Once you’ve selected your devices, you will schedule a hearing aid fitting to ensure you get the most out of your listening experience. But in order to get this diagnosis, you have to start with testing.

A HEARING TEST

The first step to getting hearing aids and having them fitted is to have a hearing test conducted. The hearing professional will take you into the examination room where they will perform a series of hearing tests. These typically involve wearing headphones and listening to certain sounds in each ear, using a raised hand or pushing a button to signal when you hear something.

These tests will provide the hearing professionals with a glimpse into what pitches and sounds you struggle to hear, as well as the ones you hear clearly. This will help them recommend the best hearing aid for your specific needs, as well as the features and technology you would benefit most from.

CHOOSING THE HEARING AIDS

Next, you need to decide what type of hearing aids you want. There are several different styles and features and the ones that are best for you will depend on the severity of your hearing loss, budget and lifestyle factors. Your hearing care provider will be able to advise you on which devices are best, but ultimately, you will be able to work with them to find the type you’re most comfortable with.  

THE HEARING AID FITTING

Once you’ve selected the perfect devices, you will schedule your hearing aid fitting. During this appointment, your hearing health professional will be inserting the device into your ear and testing how loud or soft the volume is. They will make adjustments to ensure you have the clearest and most comfortable listening experience possible. Additionally, they will make sure the physical fit is appropriate and won’t lead to any whistling, feedback or discomfort. Finally, they will provide you with instruction on taking the best care possible of your devices, from proper insertion and removal to cleaning and maintenance.

The hearing aid fitting is an important appointment. Talk more with your hearing care provider about any questions or concerns you may have. 

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