Why are Hearing Aid Fittings Important?
Hearing aids are the primary treatment route for hearing loss and can make a significant difference to a person’s quality of life and overall well-being. If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, then the natural next step is to choose your hearing aid.
At first, choosing your hearing aid may seem like a relatively straightforward task. You will spend time looking at different models and styles of devices, learning about the features that are available, and eventually selecting the device that you feel will work best for you. After the process of deliberation, you’ll be all set to enjoy all the benefits that hearing aids have to offer – all you need to do is put your hearing aids in place, and you’re good to go.
But you’re not quite done yet. The above path may seem sensible, but it is missing an absolutely crucial step: a hearing aid fitting with your hearing health professional. These appointments are absolutely essential to your overall experience of using your hearing aid, as we have outlined in further detail below.
Hearing aid fittings ensure the best possible sound levels
Hearing aids’ primary function is to provide amplification that ensures people with hearing loss are able to hear sounds that would otherwise have been lost. However, the exact sound level that feels comfortable varies significantly between individuals. What works well for some people may be too loud, to the point of being uncomfortable, for others; even people with identical degrees of hearing loss will have very different perspectives when it comes to their preferred sound level. During a fitting, your hearing health professional will be able to check that you are comfortable with the sound levels, and your device will be programmed to suit your own individual needs perfectly.
Hearing aid fittings provide the opportunity to learn how your device works
Modern hearing aids are fairly complex devices; while using them will quickly become second nature; initially, there’s a lot to understand their capabilities. During a hearing aid fitting appointment, your hearing professional will explain absolutely everything that you need to know related to how your device works, how each feature works and should be used, and how you can use your device effectively. As a result, a hearing aid fitting means there’s no need for trial and error or any experimentation; instead, you’ll know exactly how to operate and get the most from your hearing aids right from the get-go.
Hearing aid fittings help to explain how your device should be cared for
When it comes to living with hearing aids, there’s a huge amount that you’ll need to learn. For example, you’ll need to know how to change the battery, how to keep your device clean from earwax and other debris, how to store your device overnight, times when you should avoid using the device, as well as any maintenance tips that can help to limit the chances of your hearing aid needing a repair in the future. By far the best way to obtain all of this information, specific to the hearing aid model you have chosen, is to attend a hearing aid fitting so that your hearing care provider can provide a complete overview of everything that you need to know.
Hearing aid fittings give you the chance to ask questions
If you are using hearing aids for the first time, you will likely have a number of questions about how the device should be handled, cared for, and used in order to most effectively treat your hearing loss and deliver the best results. Attending a fitting means that you can ask any questions you may have and – most importantly of all – you will receive in-depth answers from a specialist who benefits from years of expertise and knowledge. Even if you are replacing an existing hearing aid, you may still have questions; you may, for example, wonder how the device differs from your old hearing aids, or if your device has any specific care instructions you need to be aware of. Again, a hearing aid fitting is the ideal setting to have these questions answered, so you can ensure that your transition to your new device is straightforward and easy.
A hearing aid fitting with an hearing care provider is an integral part of your experience of using your hearing aids and can ensure that you achieve the maximum benefits from your device both in the present and for many years to come. What’s more, the importance of hearing aid fittings remains; regardless of whether you are buying your first-ever hearing aid, or your tenth.
You can learn more about Mountain Ear Hearing Associates by giving us a call at one of our offices:
- Black Mountain: 828-827-0510
- Franklin: 828-827-0514
- Morganton: 828-827-0509
- Conover: 828-827-0528
- Highlands: 828-827-0515
- Rutherfordton: 828-827-0492
- Waynesville: 828-827-0517