When your audiologist recommends hearing aids, selection is only the beginning of the process.
Equally important is the fitting, which involves programming your hearing aids and making adjustments to provide the correct levels of amplification for your particular hearing loss.
Counseling is a necessary step to ensure you have realistic expectations, and is crucial for long-term success.
What Is Hearing Aid Counseling?
Before you ever put on hearing aids, you’ll receive counseling to prepare you for this change in your lifestyle.
While hearing aids will undoubtedly improve your communication abilities, it is important to understand they are not a cure for hearing loss, and do have certain limitations.
Learning what to expect beforehand will help you achieve the maximum benefit from your hearing devices.
How Are Hearing Aids Fitted?
Your audiologist at Houston Hearing Center will check the physical fit of your hearing aids to make sure they are comfortable.
They will then be programmed and adjusted based on your hearing loss and lifestyle needs.
The hearing aids will be placed in your ears and turned on, allowing your audiologist to measure the volume levels to ensure that you are hearing the full range of sounds properly.
Your audiologist will then discuss care and maintenance of your hearing aids. You will learn how to make adjustments for different hearing environments, insert and remove them, change the batteries and properly clean and care for your hearing aids.
You will also learn tips and strategies for better communication.
What Follow-Up Care Can I Expect?
A follow-up visit will be scheduled a few weeks after your initial fitting.
During this appointment, your audiologist will fine-tune and adjust your hearing aids as needed and answer any questions you may have.
It may take a while to adjust your hearing aids to their maximum effectiveness, so additional fitting appointments may be needed.
Houston Hearing Center will continue to check, clean and adjust your hearing aids for their useful life. It is recommended you continue visits at least twice a year. Call Houston Hearing Center at 281-649-7215 for more information or to schedule an appointment.