Why Are Hearing Aid Fittings Important?
Did you know one in eight people in the U.S. has hearing loss in both ears? This is a real statistic that indicates the degree of importance you should attach to everything concerning hearing loss. The subject of hearing aid fittings and why you need to consider it crucial to your wellbeing is also very essential.
As expected, an audiologist will schedule an appointment to test the device’s compatibility with your specific needs. Finding the right hearing aid device for you is the ultimate aim of a hearing aid fitting appointment. Below are some reasons it is crucial.
Ear comfort and sizing
Typically, this is the primary objective of a hearing aid fitting appointment. People have different ear sizes, and even with identical twins, there are distinctions. Getting the hearing aid to fit correctly inside the ears enhances comfort and ensures the best sound experience.
Notice the emphasis on ‘correctly.’ Be ready to have the audiologist insert and take out the hearing device several times at your appointment. They do this to make necessary adjustments to provide you with the optimum hearing sensation.
Assessing your ears’ pressure points is a requirement for your fitting. Your audiologist’s aim to enhance your comfort is spurred by the need to encourage you to wear the device more often. For example, if your device is an in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid, it will be designed to fit into the specific ear that needs it. It is smaller and almost hidden in the ear. Well-fitted ITC devices will keep whistling sensations at bay. For long-haired women, this is an excellent choice because their mane offers that extra covering.
Complement your lifestyle
Lifestyles are usually categorized under the following:
- Active: Require hearing aids needed in listening environments, which include frequent background noise.
- Casual: Require hearing devices in environments with occasional background noise.
- Quiet: Uses hearing aids with little background noise.
- Very quiet: Needs devices in listening environments with rare background noise.
The above categorization indicates how individual lifestyles influence the type of hearing aid you will need. It is worth knowing that hearing aids are tailor-made, so what feels comfortable for your partner may not be a perfect fit for you. Besides, due to variations in lifestyles (and to avoid infections), it is not advisable to share your hearing devices.
Program the hearing device
At every hearing aid fitting appointment, the audiologist will program the device after confirming the right physical fit for you. Programming entails adjusting the volume and other settings to meet your personal preferences. This part of the appointment is done while the device is fitted to your ear. It is the only way both you and the audiologist can determine if it works as it should. Especially for those hard of hearing, this is a most definitive, profound and exhilarating moment.
Now you see, your hearing aid fitting is important and will offer you the opportunity to ask your audiologist questions related to the device and its usage. It is also necessary because this is where you will receive first-hand instructions on how to care for your hearing aid. As with any other health-related check-up, keeping your appointment is needed for improved wellbeing.