Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
The hearing aid fitting is a crucial step in using your devices to the fullest. The audiologists at Salyer Hearing Center are experts in performing the correct assessments and adjustments to benefit your particular hearing loss needs. The fitting process involves a number of steps, from adjusting the settings and features, live speech mapping and learning how to use the devices.
There are a lot of expectations during a hearing aid fitting. Knowing what to expect will help take the stress out of getting new devices. Two key things from the hearing aid evaluation will reappear in the hearing aid fitting; programming and fitting. During the hearing aid fitting, audiologists will fine-tune multiple settings and features to ensure the wearer gets the most out of their new devices. Using a variety of programming methods, including pitch adjustments and live speech mapping, the audiologist will tailor the hearing device to fit the wearer’s specific needs.
Live speech mapping
To make the fitting of hearing aids more accurate, live speech mapping was invented to streamline the process. This helps both audiologists and patients that want a better experience when choosing hearing aids. With live speech mapping, audiologists are able to see what the patient hears in real time. Small microphones are placed in the ear while a screen shows the resulting amplification levels. With a loved one or friend present, the live speech mapping is a much more satisfying way to fit hearing aids. Salyer Hearing Center is one of the many members of the audiology community that supports and invests in live speech mapping.
Live speech mapping
- Is accurate
- Prevents frequent trips to the audiologist for reprogramming
- Saves time and money
- Provides results that everyone sees in real time
- Makes adjustments more accurate
Understanding the devices
With the technical side of the hearing aid fitting out of the way, professionals will then begin counseling patients on interacting with the devices. This includes discussions about batteries, maintenance, cleaning and even storage. Salyer Hearing Center encourages patients to ask questions during this process. The audiologist will walk through these steps with patients and have them perform the actions on their own to ensure they fully understand how to operate their devices. Any questions and concerns can also be discussed thoroughly during this appointment.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed during the hearing aid fitting. Just like the hearing aid evaluation, having a loved one or family member involved is recommended. They can help with the new information while also lending a familiar voice to test out the new device. Getting the hearing aid ready for a patient’s natural environment is what the hearing aid fitting is for. Because the hearing aid fitting involves multiple steps, it’s a good idea to allow more than an hour for this appointment. During the fitting you will receive essential pieces of information regarding your devices, so consider writing down questions before the appointment to make sure you don’t forget to ask something. Because these devices are being tailored specifically to your needs, the audiologists at Salyer Hearing Center encourage patient feedback as much as possible. Hearing loss is unique to the patient, which is why the hearing aid fitting is a necessary part of wearing your devices.
After advanced features are discussed, a small questionnaire may be provided. These are basic questions that cover the current experience with the new hearing aids. With this method, any concerns or new questions can be asked immediately before committing to a device. The adjustment process continues even after the patient leaves the office. Follow-up appointments are set up and will be used to make minor changes when necessary.