You did it! You finally gave in to the pleas from your family and friends and got your hearing tested. To no one’s surprise, your Tucson audiologist confirmed through a series of hearing tests that you do in fact have hearing loss; they also confirmed that you would benefit from the use of a hearing aid.
From there, you worked with your audiologist to figure out the best hearing aid for your type and degree of hearing loss. The order was placed and that’s the end of it, right? Wrong.
Going from living with hearing loss to using hearing aids can be a dramatic change. That is why your Tucson audiologist will sit down with you to discuss realistic expectations. Many individuals think hearing aids are like glasses: all you have to do is put them on and you’ll be back to normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Putting on hearing aids will expose you to sounds you have not heard for some time; this can lead to individuals becoming overwhelmed. Understanding what to expect from the process is crucial for long-term success.
Next comes the fitting of your hearing aid. This is important as it ensures your devices are programmed to the optimum setting for your specific hearing loss.
Your Tucson audiologist will also confirm the actual fit of the devices, making sure they are comfortable. The devices will then be placed in your ear and turned on; this allows your audiologist to measure the volume of sound coming from the hearing aid to make sure you are hearing the full range of sounds properly.
You will then be presented with a lot of information on how to properly care for and maintain your hearing aids. You will also learn how to make any necessary adjustments for different hearing environments, insert and remove them and change the batteries. Your audiologist will also teach you some strategies and tips so you can communicate better.
The final step of the hearing aid fitting process is to schedule the first of many follow-up visits. Your first visit will be scheduled a few weeks after you receive your hearing aid. At this visit, your Tucson audiologist will adjust and fine-tune your device to make sure it is working as it should. They will also be available to answer any questions you may have.
Just as we mentioned before, getting used to a hearing aid takes time. But if you put in the effort, you will see your quality of life improve and be able to reconnect with the people and things you once loved. Contact your Tucson audiologist to get started today.