Getting yourself fitted for a hearing aid is the important last step when you're transitioning from being hard of hearing/deaf to having your hearing restored/augmented. This important event will be successful based on the actions of three key players: the patient, the audiologist, and the manufacturer. Here is a summary of the most important actions that two of these participants need to take to make this event go as smoothly as possible. 

The Patient

The Patient is the obvious key player in this transaction. While not a willing participant in a process to restore/augment his or her hearing, the patient must be an active participant. There are a number of things you can do to prevent any problem.

  • Education and research – Patients must learn as much as they can about hearing aids and which ones appeal to them most.
  • Buying the right hearing aid in the right way – They must purchase the best-suited device in a responsible manner, preferably from an audiologist.
  • Selecting a suitable hearing aid – The patient must make sure they get a hearing aid that suits their hearing needs, lifestyle and budget.
  • Include your family in the process – Patients should get their loved ones involved. Since your family and friends know you the best they can help you make an informed decision.
  • Make the necessary adjustments – After the hearing aid fitting, the patients should take steps to get the most from their device. There will be an adjustment to hearing all the sounds around them again with their hearing aid.
  • Adopt a positive mindset going forward – While the patient has to go through adjustments even with the right hearing aid, the quality of life will be better than it was previously without the device. The patient should embrace this lifestyle change to make the most of it.

The Audiologist

The next key individual in the hearing aid fitting process is the audiologist. Here are some important actions that audiologists need to take regarding the fitting process.

  • Be able to properly test, analyze and diagnose hearing loss – They must leverage all of their education, training and experience to assist the patient.
  • They must be up to date with new data, technology and treatment – The audiologist has to keep informed with the numerous changes in research, advancements and new equipment.
  • They must be able to accurately investigate, discuss and operate hearing aids – The audiologist is responsible for being able to lead the patient toward to the correct hearing solution.
  • They must perform at the highest levels of their profession – Audiologists must carry out their duties as competent health care professionals. They are held to the same high standards as other members of the medical profession.

When it comes to the hearing aid fitting, the relationship between the patient and audiologist is essential in getting the right programming and fit. Talk more with your audiologist about what you’re experiencing during your hearing aid fitting and how to get the most out of your new devices.