So, you’ve had problems with your hearing for some time and finally got round to seeing an audiologist. After a consultation and a few hearing tests, they’ve concluded you need a hearing aid and have booked you in for a fitting.

At this point, you may have no clue what to expect from your hearing aid fitting. In fact, you’ve probably got a plethora of questions about this appointment and what will occur. Consider the following frequently asked questions to learn more about your upcoming visit.

How long will this appointment last?

By far and away the most asked question relates to the length of the hearing aid fitting. Truthfully, there is no set time for this appointment as it varies depending on each person. However, it will be longer than most of your trips to the audiologist as there is so much to get through. The average appointment length is around about an hour, but it can be longer or shorter depending on your personal situation.

What happens during a hearing aid fitting?

Naturally, people want to know what will happen during their hearing aid fitting. There are many things you can expect when you enter the office of your audiologist. Obviously, you will get the actual hearing aid fitted to your ear. But, you’ll also be shown a demonstration on how to use it, as well as a walkthrough of all the maintenance and care tips that you need to know. Your hearing aid will be tuned, so it works perfectly for you, and you’ll be ready to use it right away.

Do I get my hearing aid afterward?

Another common question is whether or not you’ll be able to take your hearing aid home with you. Some people assume that the fitting is just an appointment to fit the hearing aid and make sure it works. However, most audiologists let you leave with your hearing aid once the appointment is done. You can start using it as soon as the fitting is over, and walk out with sound ringing in your ears for the first time in months – or even years.

Will this be my last appointment with the audiologist?

A lot of people want to know if this appointment is the last time they’ll see their audiologist. The answer is no, it’s not. You will have to book an appointment before you leave to check back in with them further on down the line. This appointment will be used to ensure the hearing aid is in tip-top condition and that you’re happy with it. You may even need more appointments throughout your life just to keep checking that your hearing aid is working well.

It’s likely that some of your burning questions have been answered in this article. If not, don’t be afraid to ask your audiologist some of the questions you may have building up inside you. The more you ask, the more you know!