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4 Questions to Ask About Hearing Aid Fittings
Your first time getting a hearing aid fitting is naturally going to be a strange and new experience. Many of those who arrange a new fitting might be hesitant or even worried about it. For that reason, we’re taking a look at some of the most asked questions about hearing aid fittings that an audiologist will hear.
How many appointments does a fitting take?
There are usually a few appointments you will visit after the initial hearing test. For instance, the audiologist may want to take an impression of your ear canal and list or recommend hearing aids that might be best suited to your needs. Another appointment will be scheduled for the fitting itself. After that, you will likely get another appointment to see that you are getting acclimated to the aid. If there are any ongoing issues, the audiologist can help you with them. If you believe you need another appointment at any stage, you are always free to make them.
Do I start wearing hearing aids as soon as they are fitted?
You will most likely be told that you should wear your hearing aid(s) once the fitting is done. However, your audiologist may recommend and even make a schedule of how long you should wear them every day. Most will want you to increase the amount of time incrementally, so you can get used to wearing them and better spot any fine-tuning issues that they may need to fix on your next appointment.
How do I take care of my hearing aids?
Cleaning and maintenance are a crucial part of effective hearing aid use. Earwax, dirt and debris can clog up the aids, making them much less helpful. Dirty hearing aids are also much more prone to getting damaged, which may mean you have to get them repaired. How exactly to clean a hearing aid can differ depending on what type it is. If your audiologist hasn’t already explained how to clean yours, feel free to ask them. You can also ask for a demonstration so that you make sure you get it right.
Does it hurt or is it uncomfortable?
Generally, a fitting shouldn’t cause pain, discomfort or too much pressure. If it does, the hearing aid may be a bad fit and you should let the audiologist know. Some fitting methods for certain aids can be more uncomfortable, so ask your audiologist and, if you’re sensitive to pain, they can help minimize it. You may experience discomfort once the aid is fitted and you’re wearing it for daily use. In most cases, this becomes less and less noticeable as you get used to the sensation, but you should ask about any lingering problems.
Don’t be afraid to ask your audiologist any of the questions above or any others you may have in mind. The last thing they want is for their patient to be uncertain about or uncomfortable with a new hearing aid fitting. Your audiologist is one of the best sources of information and advice on all things related to your hearing aid, so make use of them.