So, you’ve taken the step to get hearing aids – congratulations! Your journey to better hearing is going to be exciting! …But it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. Not only are you thinking about what life will be like with hearing aids, but you may also be curious about what will happen when you are being fit with hearing aids. Here’s what you can expect to happen at your hearing aid fitting appointment at Gardner Audiology in New Port Richey, FL.
First, your provider will look in your ears to verify there is nothing interfering with the proper fit of the hearing aids. Once the hearing aids are on your ears, a small microphone will be placed in your ear canal alongside the hearing aids – this is a measurement tool to ensure the hearing aids are programmed appropriately for you, and is called Real Ear Measurement. Once the hearing aids are programmed for you, the microphone is taken out of your ear – it is not permanent!
After your provider verifies your prescription and ensures the hearing aids are programmed properly, it’s time for your input! If anything is too loud, not loud enough, or uncomfortable, your provider will make further adjustments to help you get more comfortable. Some things will sound unusual at first – but that is normal! It takes time for your brain to adjust to “new” sounds, which your provider will also explain to you.
Next up is learning how to use the hearing aids! Your provider will go over everything from putting them in your ears, to charging or replacing batteries, to cleaning! Many of the hearing aid manufacturers also offer remote-control apps for smartphones, and can be paired in the office!
If you are in the area of New Port Richey, FL, and are interested in new hearing aids, or have further questions about hearing aids, please contact Gardner Audiology at 1-800-277-1182, or visit gardneraudiology.com.