Hearing Aid Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids, your audiologist will program the hearing instruments, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The audiologist will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday speech sounds audible and comfortable, but the speech sounds you hear should be clear and pleasant.
We employ Real Ear Measurement to verify the settings used to program your hearing aid(s). We want to make sure your hearing aids are amplifying sound to optimize your hearing loss.
How it works: With Real Ear Measurement, a tiny probe microphone is placed very closely to you eardrum in your ear canal. With both the probe microphone and your hearing aid in your ear, our computer measures the output of sound at your eardrum.
How it helps: The results allow us to ensure the amplification we are programming onto the hearing aids is what is occurring in your ear. Each ear shape is unique and sound may resonate differently in a small vs. large canal. We can then fine-tune your hearing aids to give you the amplification you need at all frequencies and in a variety of environments.
Live speech mapping is an exciting new method of programming hearing aids using live speech as a stimulus to help adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer. Live speech mapping makes fitting appointments more interactive and can reduce the number of office visits required for successful hearing aid programming.
Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments, as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
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 audiologist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.