Are You Ready for Your Hearing Aid Fitting?
You’ve just made a big investment in your health and well-being by buying a hearing aid–it’s time to make sure that investment pays off. Hearing aid fittings ensure you get the best quality sound and that your hearing aids are comfortable enough to wear all day.
What to Expect at a Fitting
- Fittings take approximately an hour.
- Your hearing aid professional will test both the fit and functionality.
- You may need more than one fitting to get the best sound quality and comfort.
- Expect to review all your hearing aids’ advanced functions. Even if you’ve had a hearing aid before, pay close attention. (Consider recording some of the explanation with your smartphone to review later, especially if you have difficulty hearing the instructions.)
- Your hearing aid will be programmed based on your hearing test results.
- You’ll also review how to keep your hearing aid operating at its peak through regular cleaning and care.
- Schedule a follow up appointment to make adjustments and to answer any questions that come up after giving your hearing aids a test drive.
- After your fitting, spend some time every day doing exercises to test and adjust your new hearing aids. (You can find hearing exercises and other resources here.)
What Is Real Ear Measurement?
During the fitting, your hearing specialist will verify that your hearing aids will amplify sound properly by performing a Real Ear Measurement. This process involves inserting a device into the ear canal which is connected to an external microphone. The volume of sound near your eardrums is then measured without the hearing aids in your ears. This test ensures suitable amplification for your individual hearing loss and is recommended by both the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology.
The hearing specialist will then insert your hearing aids in your ears and turn them on. You’ll hear sounds at different volumes to verify the amplification is the correct level for your ears, and that loud sounds don’t cause discomfort.
Once the fitting is completed, your hearing specialist will show you how to properly maintain and care for your hearing aids. This includes how to insert and remove the hearing aids, as well as how to change the batteries.