When you arrive for your hearing instrument fitting, you will receive about an hour’s worth of instruction. Care, cleaning and proper use of the devices will be explained as well as how to put the devices in and out of the ear, and how to change the batteries. It is also a great idea to bring family members or a close friend to the hearing aid fitting appointment so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
The goal of the hearing instruments is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, as well as make the sounds of speech clearer, pleasant, and easier to understand. Small changes can be made to the hearing instruments at the first fitting if you need them to be adjusted right away.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the audiologist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new devices. Your first visit will cover a lot of ground, and is only a starting place. The next two weeks are important for you take notes and really focus on your hearing likes and/or dislikes. Changes to customize the hearing to your liking will need to take place over a few appointments as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude will do better with hearing instruments. If you, as well as your spouse, or family, approach your hearing instrument fitting with a positive outlook, you will have a much better outcome. The brain will take about 4 to 6 weeks to get accustomed to the new sound quality, providing you are wearing the devices 8 – 10 hours daily. So don’t give up! Keep going back for each follow-up visit so that your devices can be programmed precisely to your specific hearing health needs.