Hearing Aid Fitting & Programming
The fitting at Bowles Hearing Care Services, PC is meant to be a milestone for any patient. Not only will you become familiar with your new devices, but you will also learn how to care for them and get the most out of the features. Coming into the meeting prepared is a great way to ensure both the patient and the hearing health professional are on the same page.
What to do before the fitting
Hearing aid patients should put together a list of questions to ask the hearing care provider. Questions can be about the device, cleaning, warranty and general hearing. The next step is to ask a loved one or family member to attend the fitting. Having a familiar set of ears during the fitting can help patients if they become overwhelmed with all the new information being presented. The combination of written questions and a familiar face should be more than enough to help with comfort levels.
Live speech mapping
A hearing care provider will be present to dispense and program the hearing devices. This is the final programming and is used as verification of the hearing aid. Using a technology called live speech mapping, hearing specialists can see patient hearing in real-time. This verification process is necessary to get the most accurate programming out of the device.
Maintenance, cleaning and general usage instructions are some of the talking points during the fitting. Patients may be given a questionnaire to fill out about their experience with the new hearing aid. The fitting is the place to ask all hearing-related questions. Hearing health professionals will encourage users to mention anything about the process that they’re unsure about. A follow-up appointment is scheduled before the fitting ends as a general checkup to see how the user is adapting to the new hearing aids and to make any minor tweaks or adjustments.
What to do after the fitting
Users can keep a daily or weekly diary about their experience with the hearing device. Noting changes in hearing behavior is not mandatory, but is helpful to have during the follow-up. Users can check online or read instructions for specific customization settings. Bluetooth users can pair devices with their hearing aids and test clarity at a distance. If anything about the process seems complicated, our hearing health professionals are only a phone call away.