Hearing Aid Fittings

Your hearing aid fitting occurs after you and your audiologist have completed all necessary hearing tests to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. Once it has been confirmed that you could benefit from a hearing aid, you must determine what kind to purchase. There are six major styles and a number of top-level manufacturers to choose from. Your hearing lifestyle, budget and desired additional features will also be taken into consideration. Once you and your audiologist decide on the right hearing aid for you, the hearing aid can be ordered.

Once the hearing aid arrives, about two weeks later, our audiologist will input all the information gathered during the original hearing evaluation. In order to confirm these settings are correct, a Real Ear Measure will be performed. This test measures how loud sounds are in your ear canal.

A tube is placed in your ear canal and connected to a microphone that sits outside your ear to measure the volume of the sound before it is processed by the hearing aid. Your hearing aid will then be placed into your ear. A series of tones will be played, ranging from soft to very loud. The results from this test are able to confirm that the soft sounds are being adequately amplified and the very loud sounds are not exceeding your discomfort level.

Once the hearing aid has been properly programmed, your audiologist will explain everything you need to know. You will practice inserting the hearing aid into your ear and then safely removing it as well as removing and replacing the battery. Proper care will be discussed and you will learn how to complete a listening test.

The final step of the hearing aid fitting is scheduling a follow-up visit. You will be asked to return to the office in a few weeks. During this visit any fine-tuning that needs to be done to your hearing aid will be completed as well as any adjustment to the fit.