So you’ve diagnosed a hearing issue and you’re ready to get your first pair of hearing aids. You’ve probably been referred to an audiologist that will be your primary source of guidance, and you’ve likely been scheduled for a hearing aid fitting. This is where it all begins.

It’s daunting to attend your first fitting appointment, so here are a couple of frequently asked questions regarding your hearing aid fitting so you can better understand what will happen.

1. What exactly happens at a hearing aid fitting?

As the name suggests, a hearing aid fitting is for the sole purpose of fitting your hearing aids. It’s to make sure that you have the right size of hearing aid and it’s also to ensure that you’re getting the right amount of volume amplification in your hearing aids.

Your audiologist will likely test the amplification levels by inserting a small tube with a microphone into your ear. They will then ask you a series of questions to ensure that the hearing aid is right for you and that it will be comfortable for daily use.

2. What if I have some concerns about my hearing aids?

Your audiologist will likely leave you some time in the end to ask any questions you may have. This is a good time to go over anything that you were unclear with during the fitting itself, such as safety and maintenance concerns.

You should also recap anything that you’re confused about, such as how to change the batteries in your hearing aid or when you should be taking them out. It might be handy to have a notebook that you can write some notes to.

3. How long does a hearing aid fitting take?

A hearing aid fitting usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour. It can take longer if you’re trying various different types of hearing aids or if you have a lot of questions for your audiologists. However, the average appointment will take no longer than 30 minutes as long as you’re paying attention to what your audiologist has to say.

It can take slightly longer if the audiologist believes that you’re going to struggle with their use and will take extra time to teach you how to use your hearing aids.

4. What happens after the hearing aid fitting?

After your hearing aid fitting, you’ll likely be given all of the necessary documentation to help you maintain and look after your hearing aids. You’ll also be handed your hearing aids unless none of the hearing aids were right for you. In this case, you’ll be booked in for another appointment in a few weeks or days.

There’s also an adjustment period after your fitting. This is just a set amount of time that will help you get accustomed to the use of the hearing aids. It will feel awkward at first, but you will slowly adapt to their use.