Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, your audiologist will program them based on a prescription to meet your hearing needs. She will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change the batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. This appointment will generally take at least one hour. 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.
Hearing Aids Today
Modern hearing aids are small, comfortable personal amplifiers that are finely tuned to each individual's hearing needs. Our office works with different manufacturers to best meet the needs and life style of our patients. The audiologist provides an individualized fitting for each person to optimize the audibility, comfort and clarity of sound.
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. Small changes can be made to 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 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 the audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.