Experiencing hearing loss can be a bewildering time. There is a big adjustment to be made, and a lot of options to think through. That's exactly why, when you find yourself in the office of your audiologist, it pays to go prepared with a list of questions that you might want to ask. Alternatively, you can do some of your own research prior to the appointment to work out any points of concern or things to check. So, what happens during your appointment and what do you need to know? 

How do I look after my hearing aids? 

Once your audiologist has determined the cause of your hearing loss and you've gone through the full process of testing, it's a good idea to enquire about maintenance of your hearing aids. Because you wear your hearing aids every day, they are subject to a bit of wear and tear. Setting up the correct maintenance routine will help you to avoid any loss of quality or damage through factors such as moisture or dirt build-up. Regular cleaning in the right way can help to keep your hearing aids operating well and is something your audiologist is best placed to advise you about. 

Should I wear my hearing aids continuously? 

This is really a matter of personal preference, and one to consult your audiologist about. Some people find they want to wear their new hearing aids continuously after they've been fitted. Others may find their new range of hearing a little overwhelming to begin with and prefer to wear their hearing aids for limited periods of time initially, before building it up. This allows for a more gradual adjustment to a full hearing experience. 

Will I need a follow up appointment? 

In most cases, once hearing aids have been correctly fitted, you should not need another appointment for a while. However, a small amount of new hearing aid wearers find some problems with whistling, feedback or wind noises. This indicates that something has gone wrong with the fitting and programming of your hearing aids. If this happens, a follow up appointment with your audiologist will help to adjust and ensure that you experience optimal sound. 

How do I know when to change my hearing aid battery? 

This is an important question, because if you don't know how to correctly care for your hearing aid battery, then it could reduce the amount of charge your hearing aids are capable of holding. Similarly, if you attempt to change the battery without knowing the proper method and you use the wrong tools, you risk damaging the delicate circuitry inside your devices. No one wants their battery to lose power at a critical moment, so asking your audiologist about the correct replacement method, how often they are likely to require changing and how to get the best battery life from your hearing aids is essential. 

What warranty do my hearing aids come with? 

Hearing aids are covered by a warranty from the manufacturers, like most appliances. These will usually cover loss, damage and repairs that are needed, but exactly what is covered and for how long varies according to the manufacturer so it's something worth checking at your appointment. There is sometimes the option to purchase an extended warranty, which can get you up to four years of cover. It could also be worth contacting your insurance provider to check if hearing aid maintenance is, or can be, covered under your existing policy.