Hearing Aid Fitting
A hearing aid fitting can be scheduled after you have ordered your hearing aids and they have arrived in our office. We will contact you to schedule a fitting. At the time of fitting, your hearing specialist will digitally program your hearing aids and customize them to match your prescription to meet your hearing needs.
The primary objective of your hearing aid fitting is to ensure that appropriate aided acoustic information (e.g., desired output across frequencies at different input levels) is being delivered to the tympanic membrane of the wearer in order to maximize the potential benefit of the application. The use of a probe-microphone or real-ear measurement (REM) system is the only way to confirm the appropriateness of hearing aid gain and resulting output across frequencies for a range of input levels at the tympanic membrane.
Additionally, hearing specialists today are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing evaluation process and hearing aid programming process more effective. One of the more advanced technologies available is live speech mapping. To learn more, read our page on Live Speech Mapping.
During your visit, your hearing specialist will also explain to you how to use your hearing aids, how to put them in your ears, how to remove them, how to change the batteries, and how to care for and clean them.
For this visit, it is a good idea to bring a family member or close friend so that they can help remember all the information that is given and act as a support system for you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may experience a variety of 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. If there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away, small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting to ensure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
During your appointment, you may also be given a short survey or a list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that your hearing specialist can work with you to create the best possible listening experience for you with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place. After you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing, you may find that additional adjustments are needed. These changes can be made over a period of time at future appointments.
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 and your family approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a 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 specialist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
Once your hearing aids arrive in the office, our staff at Apex Audiology will contact you to schedule a hearing aid fitting. In the interim, if you have any questions, please call us at (719) 247-9000 or fill out the online Contact form explaining how we can help you. Someone from our office will contact you at our earliest convenience.