3 Important Reasons to Have a Hearing Aid Fitting
In today’s world, you can buy hearing aids in shops or over the internet and fit them yourself. If you do that, though, you’ll miss out on all of the benefits of a proper hearing aid fitting performed by a trained and certified audiologist.
Hearing aid fittings are more critical than you might think. Here are three reasons for having one done professionally.
Reason 1: You get a perfect fit
If you order your hearing aid over the internet, there’s no guarantee that it will fit perfectly. Manufacturers construct hearing aids for the average ear, which is very likely different from yours. This is a problem: if your device doesn’t fit, then you may not want to wear it. It could also fall out and become damaged.
Fortunately, audiologists have tools that they use to make sure that your assistive hearing devices fit snugly. If you choose a behind-the-ear or an in-the-ear device, then they will take a mold of your ear opening and send it off to the lab to create a unique prosthetic that fits perfectly. What’s more, if the fit isn’t right first time around, then your audiologist can continue to make adjustments to eliminate any gaps between the walls of the ear canal and the device.
Reason 2: You can give your feedback
During a hearing aid fitting, your audiologist will play around with the settings to ensure that you get the best experience possible. During the session, you’ll have a chance to give feedback and tell the audiologist what sounds good and what doesn’t.
This part of the process is essential. Your audiologist will ask you questions about the nature of the sound coming through to your ears and whether it is helpful or not. They will also use special testing equipment to objectively measure noise levels, making sure that the hearing aid isn’t too loud or quiet.
You can also give your feedback on your experience of other features, such as frequency channel amplification and directional microphones. If there’s something that you don’t like, your audiologist can tweak the settings until you’re satisfied.
Reason 3: You learn how to use the device
The learning curve for hearing aids can be a little steep. Not only do you have to get used to the sensation of wearing them, but you also have to get to grips with all the settings, buttons and how to change the battery.
A good audiologist will use the hearing aid fitting as an opportunity to show you how to use and take care of your device. You’ll learn things like how to switch between programs and change the volume. You will also learn about how to take care of your device so that it lasts for its intended lifetime.
Many professionals offer demonstrations of different devices, showing you how easy they are to use. You don’t get any of this information when you buy online or from a retail store.
So, there you have it: three reasons why you should go for a professional hearing aid fitting. If you want to learn more about our hearing aid selection and fitting services, give Manna Audiology a call at (980) 294-0314!