Just like eyeglasses or a new pair of shoes, the fit of your hearing aids is one of the most important aspects of the hearing aid process. A hearing aid fitting usually takes about an hour or so and when it’s finished, you will hear things differently! There isn’t too much involved in preparing for your fitting. Here are some frequently asked questions about the process.

How long do you have to wait after your hearing test appointment?

Your audiologist may stock different styles of devices and if that is the case, you may have a hearing aid fitting the same day as your hearing tests. If you opt for custom-fitted hearing aids, it can take about a week for the manufacturer to produce the units and send them to the audiologist.

Are there more tests involved?

Yes, your audiologist has to make volume adjustments to your hearing aids. A thin tube with a small microphone is placed in your ear near your eardrum. It measures soft and loud sound volume. The tube is removed and then reinserted with a hearing aid in place and the test is repeated. This sets the hearing aid volume at levels that are most comfortable to you.

What else happens at the hearing aid fitting appointment?

Your audiologist will check the hearing aids for the best fit. There should be no discomfort or pressure. You will learn how to insert and remove your hearing aids as well as how to clean and care for them. There also may be volume settings and battery instructions. You will receive pamphlets and other materials to help you care for your hearing aids.

When can you wear my hearing aids?

You can wear your units right after your fitting appointment. You begin by wearing them for just a few hours and then increase wearing time until you have them in all day.

Will you hear better immediately?

While it may take a while to get used to wearing hearing aids, you will hear better right away. You probably will notice sounds you haven’t heard in a while, such as birds chirping, a clock ticking, or the sounds of appliances running. Don’t be alarmed if voices (including your own) sound a bit different to you, that’s normal. It’s best to wear your hearing aids in quieter places first so you have a chance to get used to sounds. It takes a little time to become acclimated to noisier places such as restaurants and parties.

Do you need another appointment?

Most people have at least one follow-up appointment so volume levels can be adjusted if necessary and to make sure the fit is comfortable. Just as with your optometrist and dentist, you will want to have regular check-ups with your audiologist.

A hearing aid fitting involves some new information but it’s not difficult to learn how to care for your new hearing aids. After your fitting, you will notice improved hearing and a better quality of life.