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How to Prepare for Your Hearing Aid Fitting
A hearing aid fitting is a significant step in the whole hearing aid buying process. This is where your hearing health professional will actually fit the device. You’ll also be told how to look after your hearing aids and shown how to use the different settings/features.
Attending your first hearing aid fitting can feel a little daunting, but there’s really nothing to be concerned about. But, if you’re feeling nervous, then here are some things you can do to prepare:
Research hearing aids
Go online and start doing your own hearing aid research. This means you won’t feel completely shocked when your hearing health professional starts talking about different features or styles. Plus, it allows you to see if there are any devices out there that you particularly like the look of. It makes the appointment more of a two-way conversation where you can contribute and ask questions, rather than you sitting there nodding for the entire time!
Note down all your questions
Speaking of questions, you should absolutely have some ready to ask. Hopefully, you’ve got an incredible hearing health professional that will explain everything and cover all the tiny details during your hearing aid fitting. But, the chances are there will be a few things that don’t get covered. As such, having a list of questions allows you to cross off all the ones that have already been answered so you can ask the ones that haven’t. This means you leave the appointment with all the information you were hoping for.
Clear your diary
A typical hearing aid fitting will last around about an hour or so. It’s not a very long appointment, but you need to pay attention to everything that’s said during it. Therefore, if you have another appointment or meeting to get to, you have a tendency to want to rush through the appointment. As a consequence, you might not take in all the info you’re given, which makes it harder for you to adjust to life with your new hearing aids. So, clear your diary to ensure you don’t need to rush off and can pay close attention to everything.
Clean your ears
Before your appointment, make sure your ears are nice and clean. Use something soft to wipe the outside of your ears and use some softening olive oil drops to deal with any hard wax. Why is this important? Well, if you’ve got lots of wax in your ears that’s built up since your initial hearing assessment, then it can impact the way your hearing aids work. You may feel like it’s not loud enough, which means your hearing health professional will alter the settings for you. But, the reason it wasn’t loud enough could be because of the wax in your ears blocking some of the sounds. Essentially, if you want your hearing aids to be programmed correctly, then ensure your ears are clean and clear of any blockages!
It’s easy to prepare for a hearing aid fitting, and there’s literally nothing to worry about. All that happens is your hearing health provider will fit your device and teach you how to use it, and how to adapt to wearing it. We strongly suggest you attend a hearing aid fitting as it is the best way to ensure your hearing aids are comfortable and appropriately programmed for your hearing loss.