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4 Tips to Prepare for a Hearing Aid Fitting

— April 25, 2019

Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons. Hearing aid technology has advanced a lot in recent years. Proper preparation for a hearing aid fitting makes the experience much easier.

If you have experienced hearing loss due to earwax, an ear infection, burst eardrum or presbycusis (aging), then the next step for you is to get hearing aids. Setting an appointment for a hearing aid fitting can be overwhelming as it will take a long time to fit the device. You might experience numerous trips to the clinic to get the right fit depending on how well you adjust to the hearing device. You will also need to learn and understand a lot of information when using the device. 

You need to remember that your hearing aid will serve as your extra pair of ears, so you must ensure that the device will fit you comfortably. The device will be programmed depending on your hearing needs so be sure that you focus intently on the hearing test.

Person with hand on neck, right ear to camera; image by João Silas, via
Person with hand on neck, right ear to camera; image by João Silas, via

Read on for tips that will help you prepare for your appointment:

Set aside adequate time.

There will be a lot of information that you will need to digest such as knowing how to operate the hearing aid device, learning how to put it in and out of your ear, a lesson on the basics of hearing aid care, as well as how to change the battery of the device. All of this is included in your hearing aid fitting appointment so be sure to set aside at least a day for it. 

Ask a companion to join you.

Taking a friend or a family member to accompany you to your fitting not only to get through it but to also help you take notes is a great idea to help you remember all the information you need to know. The enormous amount of information might overwhelm you so having another ear to listen to it and take it in might prove valuable.

Prepare your questions.

Prior to coming to your appointment, take time to gather your thoughts to prepare a list of questions to ask your audiologist. Gather all your expectations and build questions from that so that the clinic can help you understand the process of fitting and living with a hearing aid device. 

Take actual notes.

Nothing will beat the pen and paper method if you want to remember something. Even though the audiologist will probably give you printed instructions, don’t hesitate to take notes. It will help you look back once you forget something. 

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