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If your audiologist confirms you have lost your hearing and you should go for Hearing Aid. Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming process start from here. In this process your audiologist advice an appropriate Hearing Aid and makes them as per your need. Once you have made your decision, your audiologist will order your selection and schedule an appointment for hearing aid fitting and programming. There are some few steps for Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming.
The First step in Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming is the assessment of the physical fit of the Hearing Aid. It is important to ensure the hearing aids fit within the ear canal comfortably. Your audiologist will take plenty of time to ensure your hearing aids fit comfortably. It should not be too tightly within the ear canal that can cause pain. Fitting of Hearing Aid should so smooth that patient can easily remove and wear again.
Programming Hearing Aid to your specific hearing loss and lifestyle need is the main goal of Hearing Aid Fitting and Programming. Most of the devices are generic and your audiologist will program the device, usually with a computer and make it a more seamless transition when you go from a louder atmosphere to a quieter one.
After programming Hearing Aid your audiologist will test that they are programmed accurately or not. To do so, you will undergo one more test called a real ear test. During this test a small microphone tube will placed in the ear canal along with the hearing aid. Speech will be played for you to respond. From your responses the audiologist will be able to determine how well the hearing aids are fitted for your specific type and hearing loss.
After programming and testing your audiologist will instruct you how to use, maintain and care for your hearing aids. You will learn how to insert, turn on/off the aids and how to initiate any special programs or features. You will know how to clean and properly care for your hearing aids to ensure the devices long life.
At the end you should understand how your hearing aids work for you and how you can ensure its longevity. Your audiologist will also provide you a schedule for wearing your new aids and schedule a follow up appointment to make sure your hearing aid continue to work for you.
Q. What does a hearing aid fitting mean?
Ans- The hearing aids need to be properly fitted to your ears so that they provide the correct amount of amplification to maximize hearing aid benefit. ... At the hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist will verify that the hearing aids are providing the correct amount of amplification by doing Real Ear Measures.
Q. How should a hearing aid fit?
Ans- At the hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist will verify that the hearing aids are providing the correct amount of amplification by doing Real Ear Measures. Before hearing aid fitting, detail hearing Assessment is required like Pure Tone Audiometry (PTA) , Impedance Audiometry, Speech Audiometry etc are required to do appropriate hearing Aid Fit. Many other parameters also required before hearing aid fit like purpose / Socio-Economic / life Style / Age/ Gender etc.
Q. How long does it take for a hearing aid fitting?
Ans- When it comes to the hearing aid appointment and fitting, you should expect that the time you are in there for can last between one and two hours.
Q. What does programming a hearing aid mean?
Ans- Hearing Aid Programming is a process were an Audiologist calibrating the hearing aid correctly so that it suits your needs and corrects the specificities of your hearing loss issues, allowing you to hear clearly. Audiologist do setting and proper adjustment of hearing aid. In addition to noise reduction, programming also ensures your audiologists can make the necessary adjustments to the volume of your hearing aids, the intensity levels, maximum power output, and many more besides.
Q. Can I get my hearing aid reprogrammed?
Ans- Yes, if you want to do hearing aid reprogramming. It is possible , in first programming your hearing demands not fulfilled and there are two reasons you may wish to request this. First and foremost, though your audiologist will do all they can – and use the best possible tools available – to program your hearing aids to suit you exactly at your appointment, further refinement may be beneficial.
Q. How long does it take to program a hearing aid?
Ans- Each person adjusts to the hearing amplification a hearing aid offers at a different rate, but for most people it takes two to three weeks to gradually become less aware of background sounds.
Q. Can you fit your own hearing aid?
Ans- No for hearing Aid Fitting required an expert and Experienced Audiologist .
Q. What is hearing aid fitting procedure?
Ans- Hearing Aid Fitting Procedure
Step One: Hearing Aid Evaluation. First, your audiologist will conduct a hearing aid evaluation.
Step Two: Choosing different types of Hearing Aid
Step Three: Ear Impressions
Step Four: Programming of hearing aid
Step Five: Enjoy the New Sounds.