For a variety of reasons, many people put off getting hearing aids. They may feel like they can do without them, that they are opposed to the cost of help, or afraid to accept that they have physical limitations. These many causes can stop people from getting the support they need to move forward with their lives.
If you have decided to treat your hearing loss, then we take our hat off to you, as this is one of the most challenging decisions you’ll ever make. There are several treatment stages, from the initial consultation to the hearing tests to the hearing fittings.
The hearing aid fitting is after the hearing test. If this is your first pair of hearing aids, preparing yourself for what will occur during this stage is a good idea. It won’t be as easy as putting your hearing aid into your ear – it’ll be a little bit more complicated than that!
The meeting aims to program hearing aids for your specific hearing loss. Your audiologist will also use this opportunity to advise you on maintaining and operating your hearing aids properly.
Here are a few tips on how to best prepare for the hearing aid fitting:
1. Think about why you need hearing aids
Take some time to think about why you want a better hearing. Speak about the times you find your hearing loss most challenging, and consider the situations you need a boost.
Is it hard to understand others in background noise or during an office meeting? Are you afraid of driving because of all the noises around you that can’t be heard? Knowing about your hearing needs will help your hearing professionals to assist you, and they will optimally customize your hearing aids to function in these circumstances.
2. Set aside ample time
While it does not take much time for the hearing test, consultation, and fitting, you should be allowed some extra time for questions and an in-depth discussion about your needs.
When scheduling your appointment, ask the receptionist how long you should allocate your calendar for the appointment. This means you are not stretched for time during this critical meeting in case something comes up.
It would be a shame to cut short your fitting because of another appointment, and you don’t want to hurry this vital decision.
3. Bring a trusted friend or family member.
Having somebody there you trust will help you make sure you’ve heard and understood everything that has been said, from the initial hearing test to find the right product, or any follow-up visits and fittings. You’ll get a lot of information during your hearing aid fitting, and having a friend with you will make the information less daunting.
Your friend is there to take notes and make sure that you have absorbed as much information as possible. Looking back at home over the notes will help you recall the steps needed to maintain and operate your new device.
You will benefit more if the person you bring is more of the ‘tough love’ type. Their honesty will help give us more insight into your hearing requirements and the situations where you need the most help.
4. Ask the right questions.
It is expected that you will ask a lot of questions. Specific questions might be overlooked in the heat of the moment, so writing them down is a good idea. Audiologists appreciate if you prepare these yourself because it gives them the possibility to understand your needs better and help you accordingly.
Here’s a shortlist of questions at your meeting that you might want to ask:
- How often should I clean my device?
- Is there a process for easing myself into wearing my hearing aids?
- What do I do if I’m not happy with the sound?
- What features does my hearing aid have?
- What does the Warranty cover?
It is a good idea to bring a notepad with you too. This will allow you to absorb more details that you need to remember.
If you’re ready to press ahead with your hearing health, please contact us today! We provide help at every stage of the hearing treatment process and look forward to helping you on your road to better hearing.