Fitting Involves Programming Your Hearing Aids
What a long road it has been. After years of your family telling (and then begging) you to get your hearing checked, you finally made an appointment. You showed up, had your hearing tested and your Portland audiologist confirmed what you already knew – you have hearing loss.
There was no time to dwell on this realization (and no time for your family members to gloat that they were right), as you and your audiologist worked together to determine the best hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss. Once determined, the device was ordered. And that’s that! Or so you may think.
While the bulk of the work has been done, you are only just starting down the road toward better hearing. Next comes the fitting and counseling. The fitting appointment involves programming your hearing aids and making adjustments to provide the correct levels of amplification for your particular hearing loss. The counseling appointment is a necessary step to ensure you have realistic expectations, and is crucial for long-term success.
An important part of the hearing aid process is preparing you for the change in your lifestyle. While hearing aids will improve your communication abilities, it is important to understand they are not a cure for hearing loss. Unfortunately, they do have some limitations. Learning what to expect beforehand will help you achieve the maximum benefit from your devices.
Next comes the fitting appointment, which is necessary to make sure your devices are programmed to the optimum settings for your specific hearing needs.
Your Portland audiologist will check the physical fit to make sure they are comfortable. The hearing aids will then be programmed and adjusted based on your hearing loss and lifestyle needs. The hearing aids will be placed in your ears and turned on, allowing your audiologist to measure the volume levels to ensure that you are hearing the full range of sounds properly.
Your audiologist will then discuss care and maintenance of your hearing aids. You will learn how to use them correctly and make adjustments for different hearing environments, insert and remove them, change the batteries and clean and care for them properly. You will also learn tips and strategies for better communication.
The final step of the fitting process is scheduling the first of many follow-up visits. Your first visit will be scheduled a few weeks after your initial fitting. During this appointment, your Portland audiologist will fine-tune and adjust your hearing aids as needed and answer any questions you may have. Since it usually takes a little while to adjust your hearing aids to their maximum effectiveness, additional fitting appointments may be needed.