What is a Hearing Aid Fitting?
This is the day you are introduced to the hearing aid, and if there are no significant problems, the day you take the hearing aids home. The goal is to get the hearing aid adjusted appropriately and to get you comfortable with the controls, how to insert them, and how to maintain them.
What Sort of “Adjustments” are Made?
The hearing aids will be preprogrammed to your hearing loss, using the information obtained from your hearing test. Although it is preprogrammed, most patients require a small amount of fine tuning. This is done by the audiologist by connecting the hearing aid(s) to the computer.
What will we Talk About?
(We will practice some of this in the office.)
- Realistic Expectations
- Review Communication Strategies
- Right vs. Left
- Do’s & Don’t
- Hearing Aid Components
- Keeping a Hearing Aid Journal
- Changing Programs
- Adjusting to the Hearing Aid
- Adjusting Volume
- Purchase Agreement & Warranty
- Using the Telephone
- Answer Questions
- Cleaning and Maintenance
When to pay for the Hearing Aid(s)?
Payment is expected in full on the day you go home with the hearing aid(s)
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for two weeks following the fitting. Further adjustments are done at that time. Some patients only need a few follow-up appointments, others need more. Hearing tests should be completed annually and hearing aid checks every 6 months to a year.