If you have been experiencing hearing loss, then making an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist is a must. They can assess the level of hearing loss and look at what can be done to help improve your hearing. In many cases, this will result in needing to book you in for a hearing aid fitting. But not all hearing aid devices are created equally, and if you don’t get a proper hearing aid fitting, then you might not get on with your hearing aids very well. As a result, here are four of the factors that can influence how well a hearing aid fitting can go and what can influence the success of your hearing aid wearing.
How severe is the hearing loss?
Some hearing loss can be as a result of something like aging, which is something that will make a hearing aid fitting much simpler and more straightforward. If you have hearing loss that is much more profound, especially if it is quite sudden and distorts sounds, then it can be a longer process to get the hearing aid that will fit you the best.
As a result of the different levels of hearing loss that can be experienced, getting the hearing aids just right is vital during a fitting. If not, it will make it hard to wear the hearing aids, especially if you experience an issue where your brain doesn’t process the sound anymore due to profound hearing loss.
What hearing aid will you choose?
There are many hearing aids to choose from, and with advancements in technology, there are hearing aids that will suit all needs and lifestyle. But the second factor that can influence how well things go during a hearing aid fitting is choosing the right hearing aid for you. Working with a hearing instrument specialist, you will be able to find the best pair of hearing aids for you, at a budget that fits you. Look out for the leading manufactured products, as these have proven that they can process sound in a high-quality way, and have shown to be reliable and durable over time. If your hearing aids need constant repair, then it will make it difficult to wear them as much as you need to.
Who will do the hearing aid fitting?
The third factor that you need to consider is who will be doing the hearing aid fitting. An HIS is someone who has around six to eight years of college education and training and is likely to have a range of on-the-job experience too. An HIS is going to be the best person to use for a hearing aid fitting. They will also have experience of different hearing aid brands and different devices, so they will have advice about which is going to work best for you. They will listen to your needs and will never give you a ‘one size fits all’ approach, as this is certainly not the case.
How motivated you are
The fourth factor that can impact how successful a hearing aid fitting is is all about you. How motivated are you to change and to hear well? Do you understand that you will have to wear a device in or around your ear and that some others might be able to tell what it is? There are so many subtle designs, but you need to be prepared for life with hearing aids and being able to care for them. As soon as you experience them, you will be able to see how much of a difference they can make to your life.
When it is the time for you to go to a hearing aid fitting or for a loved one of yours to do so, it is important to think about these four factors to succeed. Controlling your hearing loss isn’t possible, but with the help of a hearing specialist, you can get hearing aids that will suit you and your needs and help you to hear at a normal level once again. Talk with your specialist and take their advice; after all, that is why you have an appointment with them. With a motivation to change your life, you will be able to make the hearing aid fitting a success.
To learn more about Hearing Science of the Foothills, and to book in for a hearing aid fitting or a hearing appointment, call our friendly and expert team today at (818) 698-8056. We look forward to serving you and seeing what we can do to help your hearing loss.