If you’re about to go to a hearing aid fitting appointment, then it is normal to have questions. Many people who attend hearing aid fittings have similar questions. Here is a list of hearing aid fitting appointment frequently asked questions.

Knowing the answers to these questions can help you be more prepared for your hearing aid fitting.

1. What typically happens before a hearing aid fitting?

There are a number of things that happen before a hearing aid fitting appointment. For example, an initial consultation, physical exam and a series of hearing tests all usually occur before the hearing aid fitting happens. Also, you will select a hearing aid with your audiologist, which you will test out during your fitting.

2. Will my hearing aids be covered by insurance?

When it comes to hearing aids, many health insurance policies to not cover the costs associated with purchasing them. However, more and more insurance policies are providing coverage for the testing and diagnosis of hearing aids. Speak with your health insurance carrier to determine if coverage is offered and if a referral is needed to utilize the benefits.

3. Will there be more hearing tests during the hearing aid fitting?

Yes. Typically, an audiologist will perform volume tests during a hearing aid fitting. The purpose of these tests is not necessarily to determine what your level of hearing loss is, but instead to determine what the right volume for your hearing aids will be. The results of these tests will be applied to your new hearing aid settings.

4. Will I receive instructions on how to use my hearing aids?

Yes, your audiologist will explain in detail how to use your hearing aids. These instructions will include everything from how to clean your hearing aids, to how to adjust the volume to what types of activities to avoid while wearing them. After your audiologist goes over these instructions with you, you should have a much better idea of how to use your hearing aids.

5. How can I fix my hearing aids?

You will be able to fix some issues yourself. For example, if there is a wax buildup, then you may be able to clear it yourself with a wax pic. However, more complicated problems will require an audiologist, or even a professional repair person to be fixed.