Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Hearing Aid Fitting: What to Expect
Once you select the appropriate devices for you, your hearing aids will be ordered from the manufacture. The length of time it takes to obtain the devices from the manufacturer depends on the style of device ordered, however, they can usually arrive at our office within a few days. The hearing aids will then need to be fit for your ear and programmed to the specifications of your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
Hearing aid fittings usually take about an hour, possibly more depending on whether you would like to connect your hearing aids to your smart phone devices, tablets, or television. It is also a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you. Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for written instructions, which can help you better retain the information.
During your hearing aid fitting appointment, our audiologist, Dr. Polcari, will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change or charge batteries and how to care for and clean the devices.
Adjusting to hearing aids
Hearing aids will allow you to hear sounds that you have not heard in a long time, in most cases several years. Unlike glasses, it can take time for the brain to adjust to hearing again.
We hear hundreds of sounds all around us, all day long. We are bombarded with so many sounds in fact, that our brain learns to ignore sounds it does not deem necessary to pay attention to. This is how we can focus on the things we need to focus on, such as someone talking to us, and ignore other sounds such as chatter from people near us, footsteps, doors closing, paper rusting, machines working, doors closing, etc. Hearing aids will amplify these sounds so that you can hear them at the same level as someone with normal hearing.
Hearing these sounds again can be overwhelming for some. Things will sounds different, often crisper and louder. It is necessary to give your ear and brain some time to adjust. Hearing new sounds again means that your brain needs to re-learn what is important to focus on, and what it can put in the background. The more you wear your hearing aids, the more natural everything will sound, and the more you will get out of your hearing aids. Once fully adjusted, hearing with your devices should be normal and natural, however, adjustments to the fitting can always be made by should that be necessary.
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, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much 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 professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.