HEARING AID FITTING
Once you have selected your hearing aids after an evaluation, Dr. Innes will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. She 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 of 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 sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. Dr. Innes may do some testing to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that Dr. Innes can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. 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. 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 health professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
Hearing rehabilitation is an intricate process that requires working with an institution that is committed to not settling for less than the best hearing health care possible for you. Most hearing loss patients will notice an improvement with any hearing aid trial, but the key is having a knowledgeable and experienced audiologist like Dr. Innes. She will help you find the right hearing aid manufacturer, style, and fit for your hearing loss and lifestyle. Dr. Innes will work with you to determine the best fit for your needs.