When coming in for a hearing aid fitting you may feel intimidated or scared of the next step, but we are here to tell you that with a few simple questions you can come in confident and ready for your new hearing aids! The most important part of the hearing aid fitting is communication–we want you to feel open to ask questions and let us know any concerns you may have. So without further ado here are the three most important questions to ask when coming in to get hearing aids.
What are my options for hearing aids with my ears and my hearing loss?
Every set of ears is different and even more than that every type of hearing loss is unique. When a hearing professional is evaluating the degree of your hearing loss ask what can be done and what type of hearing aids your ears will allow for. This will set up your expectations so that you are not disappointed by the type of hearing aids you will end up with.
Some types of severe hearing loss may require more powerful hearing aids while smaller ear canals might prevent you from wearing completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids. If you ask this question from the beginning you will set up yourself up for a positive outcome when you receive your new hearing aids.
What can my hearing aids do?
It is vital to know what your hearing aids are capable of when coming in for a fitting. You will want to arrive with a list of hearing requirements that are important to you–let your hearing specialist know if you spend a lot of time in noisy restaurants, if you are often in loud crowds or have meetings to attend at work. Ask about all the things your hearing aids can do to make sure that the hearing instruments you are being fitted with are appropriate for your lifestyle. If you take a lot of calls or watch television you may also want to make sure your hearing aids can connect to other devices to make your life easier.
What do I do if something happens to my hearing aids?
Just like any other technical device, hearing aids get old, wear out, get dirty and eventually may need repair. After you have been fitted for your new hearing aids you will want to make a game plan if there is ever a problem. Make sure you ask how long you will be without your hearing aids and what you can do while you are without them. If you have a plan set up with your hearing professional beforehand it will take away a lot of the stress if something happens.
The best thing you can do is ask these questions (and any others you may have) when you are getting fitted–we are here to help! We want to clear up any confusion and answer any questions you may have about the whole process. Congratulations on your next step to better hearing!
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