3 Questions to Ask During Your Hearing Aid Fitting
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When you’re getting your first hearing aid fitting, it’s only natural that you are curious and concerned about certain things. It’s a major change in your life, and the process might not be all that clear.
Your hearing care professional is going to be equipped to answer all the questions you might have about your hearing aid fitting. The more informed and comfortable you are, the better it is for all parties. Here are three questions you shouldn’t hesitate to ask your hearing care professional.
How do I wear my hearing aid?
At the fitting, you are going to have a hands-on experience of wearing the device for the first time. The hearing care specialist will take all the care and precautions necessary to ensure that the device is fitted with as little pain, discomfort or pressure as possible. However, you can ask them to demonstrate how you should both take out and put in your hearing aids every day so that the action becomes comfortable sooner. What’s more, your hearing care professional can provide information on how often you should wear it each day as time goes on so that you become more acclimated to the device.
How do I care for my hearing aid?
Hearing aids do need some care, cleaning and maintaining after the device is initially fitted. One of the biggest risks is that they can be dirtied by earwax and other debris. When a hearing aid is dirty, it’s much easier to damage. Ask your hearing care professional to show you how to clean your device. They can demonstrate the exact method of cleaning without any risk of causing any damage. They can help show you safer ways to store the hearing aid, as well, on top of necessary maintenance like changing the batteries. If you have any issues with the hearing aid, such as it getting damaged or wet, they can help you learn how to deal with it.
How do I adjust my hearing aid?
Most modern hearing aids have different channel settings and programmable options that allow you to make it as effective as possible. After all, many people might wear the same device but have different needs. You might even have different needs depending on the situation, such as whether you’re alone or in a louder, social environment. If you’re comfortable making adjustments on the fly, you can ask about how to change the programming during your hearing aid fitting. You can learn whether settings are automatic, how to change the volume, the right way to use other accessories and much more. There is a wide variety of ways to adjust your hearing aid and your hearing care professional can tell you about many of them.
You should feel as comfortable and confident in your hearing aid fitting as possible. For that reason, it’s important that you ask the hearing care professional the questions you care about. There are no silly questions and your hearing care professional is well aware that you’re not as knowledgeable in all things related to the hearing aid fitting as they are.