What to Expect
If your audiologist recommends that you need hearing aids at your fitting appointment, your audiologist will set up your hearing aids according to your hearing assessment and your preferences.
Hearing aids are a significant investment and it is extremely important that the device chosen is suitable for your hearing loss, needs and also that it is programmed correctly and validated objectively through the careful and thorough taking of measurements. Your fitting appointment is customised to you specifically to you and may include:
Confirmation of appropriate acoustic parameters
- We will ensure that all aspects such as the tubing, speaker and mould choice are correct. Incorrect parameters can impact both the comfort and sound quality of a hearing device.
- Unfortunately, some providers take shortcuts and don’t perform real ear measures. Real-ear measures provide a method for objectively assessing the accuracy and appropriateness of a hearing device fitting. As we all have different shaped ear canals, this affects how sounds reach your eardrum. We assess and measure the “real” amount of sound as it reaches the eardrum rather than guessing what it might be. This must be done to ensure your hearing aid is performing its best.
- Sound checks ensure that the sound quality of the hearing device is optimised based on your reports. It may include both comfort and clarity checks as well as evaluating your preference for different fitting prescription methods.
Hearing aid management
- Your audiologist will ensure that you understand and feel comfortable with the use of your hearing aids. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have.
Consolidation of all information and future planning
- At the end of the appointment, we will make sure that you feel comfortable with the fitting and all the information as well as planning for your next appointment.
Now that your hearing aids are all set up, it’s time to give it a try in the real world. But don’t worry, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks after your fitting. At this appointment, you will be given an opportunity to:
- Tell your audiologist about your experience with your new hearing device(s); that so that they can make any changes they need to and discuss your needs with you.
- Raise any questions you have about your hearing device(s), or anything you may have forgotten.