Hearing Aid Selection, Fitting and Counseling
At Platte Valley Hearing Center, the hearing aid selection process is focused around YOU. Our Audiologists consider not only your hearing loss, but the type of lifestyle you lead, the environments in which you are struggling to hear, and your budgetary concerns when helping you to choose the hearing instrument that will best address your communication issues. We work with a wide variety of hearing aid manufacturers in order to offer you the very best selection of instruments, and we can provide you with the expert guidance to make sure we address all of your concerns.
Once you have selected your hearing aids, your Audiologist will perform a fitting. This involves making sure the hearing aids fit your ear and are programmed according to your hearing loss. Based on your hearing needs and how you want the hearing aids to work, the Audiologist will determine how best to set and adjust the aids - some users want fully automatic devices for ease of use, while others opt for adjustable instruments in order to adapt to very specific listening needs. The Audiologist will explain how to use the devices, how to insert and remove them from the ear, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. We ask that you bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting for several reasons - to ensure you can hear important voices, to help you remember all of the new information about your hearing aids, and for the support they will provide during the process.
When you being using hearing aids for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is very normal and to be expected. The goal of a hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but we will be certain the sounds you hear are clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away. The Audiologist may do some testing to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it.
You may be given homework - simply to assess how you feel about your hearing aids and if they are helping you. Be honest about what you hear so your Audiologist can work towards personalizing your hearing aids for your satisfaction. Follow up appointments will be made to customize the hearing aids to your liking, and as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to hearing better, your likes and dislikes may change.
Attitude is one important key to successful hearing aid use. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who approach this process with a positive attitude have a higher rate of success and satisfaction. If you, as well as 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've been missing, and by working closely with your Audiologist, you will get the most of your new hearing aids.