A hearing aid fitting is just part of the process of getting hearing aids. The first step involves a hearing exam, which consists of a physical examination of your ears and several hearing tests. The results of these tests determine whether or not you have a hearing loss. If you do, it’s likely you need hearing aids. Once you and your audiologist determine the style of units that work for you, you’ll schedule a second appointment. At that time, about two weeks later, you will have a fitting and receive your devices. Here are three things to know about a hearing aid fitting.

Your audiologist performs the fitting

Because a hearing aid fitting involves additional hearing tests, your audiologist will work with you to make sure you have the best results. For most people, new hearing aids involve earmolds, and impressions were taken at your first visit. The manufacturer has your hearing aids ready in a couple of weeks and sends them to the audiologist. Then there’s another test at the fitting. Your audiologist places a thin tube in your eardrum to evaluate how your eardrum hears sounds. The test is repeated with your hearing aids in place. You’ll learn how to insert and remove your hearing aids, how to care for and clean them, and how to change batteries.

There is a follow-up appointment

Once the fitting is completed, you will wear your hearing aids for several hours that day. You’ll gradually increase the time you have them in until you’re wearing them all day. It takes a little time to get used to hearing aids – your brain has to process the new sounds it hears. Because of that, the volume and pitch settings on your new hearing aids may need adjustments. That’s done at the follow-up appointment, along with discussing any questions you may have. However, if sounds seem too loud or soft prior to the appointment, don’t hesitate to call the office to fix things.

Insurance and warranties

For many people, their initial hearing tests are covered by their health insurance. However, the follow-up appointments may not be – it depends upon your health insurance policy. It’s important to check on this prior to your first appointment.

Hearing aids come with a warranty, at least one year or longer. Extended warranties are available and may be a good option.

Your audiologist likely offers a trial period when you first receive your hearing aids. Be sure to note the length of this trial period and call the office for an appointment if you experience any discomfort or fitting issues during this trial.

These three things to know about a hearing aid fitting should help prepare you for your upcoming appointments. Your audiologist wants you to receive the best possible service from your new hearing aids. He or she will work with you to make sure you’re comfortable with the style, fit and sound.