Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have gone through your options and an appropriate device has been chosen, they take about 10 days to arrive in the office from the manufacturer. At that time, you will return to the Hearing Wellness Centre for a fitting. It is best to bring a friend or family member along to participate in your appointment. A special measurement called Live Speech Mapping is used to set up your hearing devices. This ensures that your instruments deliver sound customized just for your ears. You will hear your loved one’s voice first following the Live Speech Fitting! That way the first sounds you hear clearly will be familiar voices. Next you will learn how to care for your hearing aids and perform regular maintenance. You will receive a wealth of valuable information about adjusting to life with hearing aids. Please don not be afraid to ask questions. This is usually the longest appointment you will have. ?
Understanding your hearing aids
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. The hearing professional should do additional testing to make sure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it. Additionally, remember to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have with your professional.
Fitting your hearing aids
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the hearing professional can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments.
Adjusting to hearing aids
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.