Hearing aid fitting appointments are crucial for people who are trying to get hearing aids. This is because this is when the hearing aids will actually be administered. For many people, hearing aid fitting appointments are the final step before they experience dramatically improved hearing. Here are some things to expect at a hearing aid fitting appointment.

1. Duration

You can expect your hearing aid fitting appointment to last for about 45 minutes to two hours. This is how long they usually take. So, when you are planning your schedule, you should allow for this much time.

2. Fitting

When you get to the hearing aid fitting appointment, the audiologist will give you your hearing aids and will have you actually try them on. During this period, the audiologist will check to make sure that your hearing aids fit. If they do not, then they may have to be sent back and new ones may have to be ordered.

3. Programming

After your hearing aids have been tested for fitting, then your audiologist will start to program your them to make sure that they work properly for your hearing loss levels and sound preferences. This typically involves using special software.

4. Adjusting

Once the hearing aids are programmed, the audiologist will have you try them on to test how you like them. This will be the first time that you will be able to experience the benefits of your new hearing aids. This moment can be very profound. Be prepared to be a bit emotional during this time. If your hearing aids are working to your liking, then the audiologist will leave the settings. However, if there are issues, then the audiologist will correct them with adjustments.

5. Instructions

One of the last parts of your hearing aid fitting appointment will be when your audiologist gives you instructions about how to properly use and maintain your hearing aids.

6. Questions

The final part of your hearing aid fitting appointment will be when your audiologist answers any questions that you have. This part of the appointment usually takes about 10-15 minutes depending on how many questions that you have.

Remember to communicate openly and honestly with your audiologist. Having the proper fitting hearing aids will better your listening experience and your quality of life.