Can You Prepare for a Hearing Aid Fitting?
If you’ve spoken to your audiologist recently regarding your hearing loss then there’s a good chance that they’ll book you in for another appointment. This is often known as the hearing aid fitting process and involves a series of extra tests, but it will also be the first time that you get to see and use your hearing aids. You’ll often discuss your hearing aids in another appointment at an earlier date, after which your audiologist will prepare your hearing aids and get them ready for you.
The fitting process is meant to help you ease into your hearing aids by teaching you how they work, explaining the parts and also giving you instructions on how to use and take care of them. It can be a daunting process, especially if it’s the first time you’ll be able to hear clearly again for a while, but you can definitely prepare for it to help ease the process. In this post, we’re going to talk about how you can prepare yourself for a hearing aid fitting.
1. Bring emotional support if you think you’ll need it
There’s absolutely no shame in crying or shedding a few years when you first use your hearing aids. Some people feel very emotional once they’re able to hear again, so it’s completely normal to want to bring a friend or family member along for support. Make sure you speak to someone close to you and ask if they’ll be able to support you for your hearing aid fitting. You may even want to plan the appointment date around this so you can be sure you have someone to help make the entire process more comfortable.
2. Free up a couple of days from work
It’s going to take a little while to adjust to your hearing aids so make sure you take a bit of time off from work if you’re going in for a fitting. You should book at least one or two days off from work after your appointment, and you should also have the day of your appoint free as well. You might not be able to instantly fit back into your work place because there is an adjustment period to using your hearing aids, so don’t be too eager to get back into work as soon as you receive them.
3. Get some questions ready for your audiologist
Your hearing aid fitting will likely be the last time you speak to your audiologist for at least a few weeks unless there’s an emergency. This makes your fitting appointment a good time to ask them any questions that you might still have regarding your hearing aids or hearing loss. Here is a couple of example questions to ask:
- How often do I need to replace the battery?
- What happens if I lose my hearing aids?
- How do I change the volume on my hearing aids?
- What should I do if my hearing aids stop working?
- Do you have an emergency contact number?
- How do I clean my hearing aids?