So, you’ve decided to get hearing aids? Then, you’ll need to make sure that you book a hearing aid fitting with your audiologist. If you have only just heard about this appointment, it is worth addressing why it is a crucial part of the process and something that you don’t want to miss out on, skip or indeed avoid. There are a few considerations to make here but let’s start with the big one.

Finding the right choice for your lifestyle

When you get hearing aids, you will be welcoming a substantial change to your life. It’s important that you choose wisely here because there are several different types of hearing aids to consider. With different styles and features to choose from, you want to ensure you have the perfect device when it comes time for your fitting.

Asking questions

A hearing aid fitting isn’t just about putting the hearing aids in your ear. It’s also about giving you a chance to ask any questions you might have about your new devices. You might want to ask about how to activate the features that come with the device. Talk with your audiologist about how to properly care for, maintain and store your hearing aids. Hearing aid care is crucial to maintaining the longevity of your devices.

Finding the right fit

Finally, a hearing aid fitting is important because, as the name suggests, it helps ensure they fit correctly in your ear. You want to ensure the devices are comfortable and that you can barely feel them there. You also want to make sure that they aren’t rubbing against your skin in your ear, as this can cause both pain and a poor listening experience. Be aware also that if the hearing aids don’t fit properly, then they won’t function as effectively as they should.

Your audiologist will talk with you during the fitting to make sure you like the way it feels and understand how to work your new devices. You will likely have a follow-up appointment around two weeks after the first fitting to ensure you are becoming acclimated to your new devices and to have any minor adjustments made. Your audiologist will ask you about your listening experience and make any changes as needed.