Once you have selected your hearing aids following your evaluation, your hearing professional will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. The hearing professional will also explain how to use the devices, how to put them in your ears, how to remove them, how to change the batteries, and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so that they can help remember all the information that is given and act as a support system for you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may experience a variety of emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. Your hearing professional may do some testing to ensure that the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the hearing professional can work with you to create the best possible listening experience for you with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize your hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments, after you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you and your family approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your hearing professional, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.