Hearing Aid Fitting, Adjusting (Programming) and Follow Up
A successful hearing aid fitting is more than just selecting the correct device for your hearing loss, but the Audiologists managing the process of rehabilitation. From the clinical assessment of hour hearing loss to the programming of your hearing aids, to the follow up care provided after your hearing aid fitting, you will be seen by Professional Audiologists with advanced training and masters or doctoral degrees.
Your hearing aids will be programmed with a computer to your current exact hearing loss. Our Audiologists will instruct you on the proper insertion and removal of your hearing aids, changing the batteries, changing the volume and programs in your hearing aids (if needed) and care and maintenance of your hearing aids.
Warranty information will be provided. Over the next several visits, the hearing aids will be further fine-tuned based on your listening experiences with amplification. Then a six month and one year follow-up will be scheduled to check your ears for excessive ear wax, clean and check the hearing aids and make any further computerized adjustments to provide optimum hearing benefits.
Expectations and Outcomes or Realistic Expectations
Your hearing aids are a key ingredient to staying active and improving the quality of your life. You will once again enjoy social events, leisure activities, and conversations with your family, friends and co-workers.
Your hearing aids will help you hear sounds that keep you safe and well. However, even with the most advanced technology, it is important to maintain realistic expectations.
The hearing impaired person’s motivation to hear well is the single most important factor in determining the success of the hearing aid fitting. It is important to realize that you will not experience the exact same benefits from your hearing aids that you neighbor does. This individuality is a critical component and your expectations should be based on you, your type and degree of hearing loss, your past experiences and the improvements you personally receive from amplification.
While hearing aids do improve communicative ability, they do not restore normal hearing. Hearing aids re-introduce you to the world of sound, and it takes time to become accustomed to these new sounds.
Some people adjust quickly, others take longer. If more help is needed, especially in difficulty noisy environment, our Audiologists will discuss wireless hearing aid accessories, communication strategies and additional assistive listening devices such as amplified and captioned telephones.