Your Hearing Aid Fitting
Your Audiologist will work closely with you on how to properly wear your devices, and guide you through extensive follow up care. It is also a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to your hearing aid fitting so they can help remember the important information that is given and be a support to you. In addition, both of you are able to provide valuable information about your lifestyle and hearing habits. By bringing someone with you, you improve your Audiologist’s chances of perfectly adjusting your hearing aids to your individual needs.
Follow up appointments
To adjust your hearing aids to your hearing and lifestyle as best as possible, your Audiologist will ask you to come back for follow up appointments to check on your progress. Extensive follow up, including computerized speech mapping, aided testing, and speech testing in noise ensures our patients receive the maximum benefit from their selected device(s). These appointments also give you an opportunity to ask your Audiologist any questions that may have arisen since your last visit. You can also let your Audiologist know in what ways your devices are helping and also whether you have been experiencing any unexpected situations, either with your hearing or your devices. This will help resolve any issues.
Your brain must adapt to new amplified sounds, which does not happen overnight. In fact, research shows that the main process can take 1-2 months. The key to successfully getting through the adaptation process is to wear the hearing aids as much as possible. If you only wear the hearing aids occasionally, you will NEVER get accustomed to the hearing aids and will not get much benefit from them.
Getting Used to Hearing Aids Takes Time
Wearing hearing aids for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. It’s completely normal to need a few weeks to get used to them. After your hearing aid fitting, you and your Audiologist will work together during your follow up appointments to adjust and fine tune your hearing aids to a point where you no longer have to think about them – they are simply part of your day. This time with your Audiologist is important for hearing aid success. We work with you during this time to educate you and adjust your hearing aids so you get the comfort and performance you deserve.
Once You Have Your Hearing Aids
Being fitted with hearing aids can lead to improved relationships with friends and family, greater independence, more confidence in social situations and an overall increase in quality of life. But although hearing aids can have enormous benefits, there are important things to consider to ensuring successful transition into wearing hearing aids.
Working with the right Audiologist is very important. The importance of this care cannot be understated and can really make all the difference to your experience with hearing aids.
At Tustin Hearing Center, or Doctors of Audiology and staff offer you the full support you need to select and purchase the right hearing aids. Our treatment program involves both daily wear and extended wear hearing devices. During the hearing aid consultation, we will discuss the best device for your lifestyle and listening needs. Extensive follow up, including computerized speech mapping, aided testing and speech testing in noise ensures our patients receive the maximum benefit from their selected device(s). Hearing products have made a remarkable transformation in recent years and there are millions of satisfied hearing aid users.
When To Upgrade Your Hearing Aids
Taking good care of your hearing aids will help maintain optimal performance and ensure they last a long time. But if you have had your hearing aids for several years, you may be due for an update. Older technology or changes in your hearing may result in a hearing experience that’s more frustrating than it has to be. Getting your hearings aids checked regularly is as important as going to the dentist or the doctor for a check-up! Your hearing loss and what you require in a set of hearing aids can change over time depending on a variety of factors. So how do you know when you’re due for a hearing aid upgrade? Here are good reasons it might be time to consider booking an appointment with your Audiologist to discuss your options.
- Your hearing has changed
- Your lifestyle or environment has changed
- There have been significant advancements in hearing aid technology since you were last fitted with hearing aids
- Your hearing aids buzz, whistle or give feedback
- You have trouble hearing speech in noisy situations
- You have trouble hearing on the phone
- Your hearing aids are not working as well as they used to
- Using your hearing aids is more tiring than it used to be