What Can I Expect from My Hearing Aid Fitting?

by | Dec 19, 2019 | Hearing Health

In order to achieve the best results from your new hearing aid, your hearing specialist will ensure it fits perfectly and maximises the potential benefits. If you’ve had your hearing test, the next step is to get your hearing aid fitted by a professional. Find out what to expect with the team at Health and Hearing in Brisbane.


Completing a Thorough Hearing Test

Before your hearing aids are fitted, your audiologist will take you through a comprehensive hearing test. This test will measure the lowest sounds you can hear at altering pitches and then take recordings of how loud a sound can be before it becomes uncomfortable for you.

This step is important because it determines how much gain your hearing aid will need so that it can amplify quiet sounds to a point where they become audible and compress loud sounds to avoid discomfort. During an evaluation appointment, your audiologist will discuss the different styles of hearing aids and how much they will cost.


Tailoring Your Hearing Aid to Suit Your Needs

In order to find the right technology for your hearing aid, you will need to discuss your listening environments and what you would like to get out of your device. There are different features and levels of technology within the many styles of hearing aids, and your audiologist will make professional recommendations based on your needs.

It may be necessary to take impressions of your ears, depending on which type of hearing aid you choose. The device will then be ordered and you can expect to return for a final fitting approximately two weeks later.


Your Hearing Aid Fitting Appointment

Your audiologist will use Real Ear Measures to ensure the hearing aids are providing the right level of amplification. Real Ear Measures help us to understand how loud the sounds are within your ear canal. A thin tube attached to a microphone will be inserted in your ear canal, measuring the volume of sound near your eardrum.

Your hearing aid will then be carefully inserted into your ear alongside the probe tube. After turning the hearing aid on, we will measure its sound output while playing different volumes of noises and working out how well you can hear them.

Real Ear Measures are crucial to ensuring that you are receiving the ideal level of amplification in accordance with how severe your hearing loss is. Once your hearing aids are perfectly programmed, we will teach you how to care for them, change the batteries and operate certain functions.


How Long Does a Hearing Aid Fitting Take?

You can expect your hearing aid fitting to last for between 45 minutes and one hour. We recommend returning for a follow-up appointment within the year to make sure your hearing aids are still working for your needs.


Book a Hearing Test with Health and Hearing

If you’re concerned about the hearing of yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to book a hearing test at one of our locations around Brisbane. You can book a free consultation by calling (07) 3366 9355 or contacting us online.