Then, we’ll explain how to:
- Use your new devices.
- Place and remove them.
- Change and charge batteries.
- Clean and care for them.
Plan for an hour-long hearing aid fitting appointment and bring along a family member or close friend. They can help you remember all of this new, important information! Our team can also write down the instructions so you have something to reference once you’re back home.
Understanding Your Hearing Aids
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may feel emotional about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant.
At your first fitting, we can make small changes to your hearing aids if there are elements you feel need adjusting right away. Additional testing ensures your new hearing aids give you enough sound where you need it!
You’re encouraged to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have along the way!
Fitting Your Hearing Aids
You might receive a short survey or a list of questions to answer. Answer honestly so our team can create the best listening experience possible. Your hearing aid fitting is a starting place. We’ll continue customizing your hearing aids over a few appointments.
Hearing Aid Trial
After a thorough examination and education on hearing loss, and once we’ve fit your first pair of hearing aids, you’ll be able to give them a try at home! These demonstration aids help meet your needs, hearing loss, and budget are fit and programmed for you to take home and try for one week. Our one-week, no-obligation hearing aid trial lets you experience a new way of listening in a familiar environment.
This time allows you to become educated on hearing aids: what works, what does, how is everything fitting, etc. Our team of audiologists gets to learn how you like to hear and what type of sound your brain prefers.
Adjusting To Hearing Aids
Attitude is a critical key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you and your spouse or family approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook, you will have a much better listening experience more quickly.
Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing. You’ll get the most out of your new hearing aids by working closely with your hearing professional.
Read our piece “Getting Used to New Hearing Aids” for more recommendations from our SoundGate team.