Hearing loss is a problem that can easily be overlooked. It’s a condition that not only affects aging populations, it can affect younger individuals as well, especially those who are exposed to loud noises. Hearing loss can be more severe than most people make it out to be. The condition is not only be frustrating, but it could be an indication of other more serious underlying problems. In other words, it’s important to take your hearing aid fitting seriously and to speak with a trained audiologist should you experience hearing loss.

To help you prepare, consider the list of three different things to expect during your hearing aid fitting.

1. A thorough examination and test

Hearing aid fittings can be long appointments. In fact, many people consider them to take longer than most other hearing examinations due to number of factors that need to be fine-tuned and the demonstrations needed. In most cases, your audiologist will go through a series of different tests to measure the severity of your hearing loss. Some of the sounds you hear may be uncomfortably loud, but these are necessary in order to help your audiologist determine how much they need to tune your hearing aids. The balancing of your hearing aids can take quite a long time so be prepared to spend up to an hour at this stage.

2. A demonstration of your hearing aids

Hearing aids can be difficult to use if you haven’t tried them before. As such, it’s important to listen to your audiologist when he or she explains all the different features and gives you guidance on how they work. Many of the instructions your audiologist gives you can usually be found in booklets and leaflets provided at the end of the fitting. However, information itself usually isn’t enough and it’s best to have a visual guide by asking your audiologist to demonstrate certain things for you. Since this will be the first appointment where you get to try your hearing aids, you might find it strange or uncomfortable wearing them or doing certain things like changing the battery, so pay close attention to how your audiologist handles the hearing aids so you can follow their guidance.

3. Information regarding their maintenance

After a thorough demonstration, you’ll usually be given some information on how to maintain your hearing aids. An audiologist will often go over information on how to clean hearing aids, how to store them, chemicals to stay away from and also how to change settings and adjustments. This is going to be a lot of information to take in so if they haven’t already given you some leaflets or manuals, you may want to ask for them now. The information provided at this stage will make coping with hearing aids much easier, so make sure you take notes if you’re having trouble absorbing all of the details.

As you can see, a large part of your hearing aid fitting will be taken up by information. If you find it hard to digest it all, then make sure you write it down in a handy notebook or ask for manuals and leaflets explaining those points.