Selecting a Hearing Aid
You and your audiologist will decide which type of hearing aid is best for you. Selection of hearing aid style and special features is based on how much hearing loss you have and your specific listening needs.
To be a successful hearing aid user, you must know what to expect from your hearing aids. Hearing aids will not make your hearing "normal." They will help you hear better in many listening situations. Getting used to wearing hearing aids is a gradual process as you will hear many sounds that you have not heard in a long time. During the time you are getting used to your hearing aids, you may have to return to the audiology clinic for adjustments to make sure the hearing aids are providing the best possible sound quality for your needs.
You should expect some routine care and maintenance of the hearing aid(s), which may mean extra trips to see the audiologist during the lifetime of your hearing aids. All of this will be discussed with you at the hearing aid fitting. Please feel free to bring a spouse, friend, or family member to the fitting to help you remember everything about your hearing aids.
Verification of the Hearing Aid
When you return for the fitting session, the audiologist will check to make certain the physical fit is comfortable and that your aids are working properly. Your hearing aids will be programmed and verified. To verify the fitting, measurements will be made with the hearing aids in your ears. These are called real ear measures. Typically the audiologist is fitting your hearing aids to a target that is a prescription for your hearing loss. After your hearing aids have been verified and fine-tuned for your hearing loss, the audiologist or a member of the audiology team will explain the features of the hearing aids, show you how to use and care for your hearing aids, and discuss how to obtain batteries from the VA.
Follow-up of the Hearing Aid Fitting
Your audiologist will follow up with you to see how you are doing with your new hearing aids. Follow-up appointments can be in person, on the telephone, or by using a mailed outcome measure. Either type of visit will give you a chance to tell the audiologist how you are doing with your hearing aids and determine if additional appointments are needed.