Electroacoustic techniques now allow audiologists to gain better control over hearing aid performances. The widespread adoption of computers has made it easier for audiologists to fit hearing aids more accurately and efficiently. Advanced software is used for calculating the exact coupler gain and output. There are also systems for tuning various hearing aids to meet users’ needs in different acoustic environments. By following basic guidelines, audiologists can fit hearing aids for adults as part of rehabilitation procedures.

Assessment of Hearing Aid Needs

Every patient’s hearing loss condition is different, so a well-informed hearing aid selection is of the utmost importance. Your audiologist will start the selection process by consulting with you to understand your lifestyle, expectations and preferences in great detail. You may also have to use your previous experience with aids to help your audiologist make the right decision.

Your hearing aid fitting results, together with other essential information, will help the audiologist to narrow down the options for the best treatment for you. Hearing test exercises will generally yield an audiogram that will assist audiologists in selecting the appropriate hearing device for your condition. Smaller aids are often recommended for managing mild hearing loss problems.

Choosing Your Hearing Aid Preference

Various factors can determine your preference for specific hearing aids. Understand whether you will need those that are invisible, or you want the relatively large versions with brighter colors to match your style. 

While some users may opt for hearing aids with volume controls, you may choose to go with those that come with automated technology for controlling the output signals. The market also offers remote controls and other cordless accessories for hearing devices. The extent of manual dexterity may also impact your appeal for hearing aids; this is particularly true when installing hearing aid batteries that are tiny.

Find out whether you will be okay with changing smaller batteries now and then or want larger batteries that don’t demand regular charging. Your audiologist may recommend you choose hearing aids with rechargeable batteries as these are convenient.

If you have opted for a custom-fit in the ear (ITE) or behind the ear (BTE) with earmolds, your audiologist will capture an impression of your ear canal to proceed with the order. Installing a hearing aid will give you the confidence to enjoy beautiful conversations once again.

When your hearing device is finally ready for installation, your audiologist will hook it up to a computer system and program it to meet your hearing loss needs.

Do I Get My Hearing Aid Afterward?

Of course, once your appointment with the audiologist is over and you have your hearing aid working as it should, you can take your hearing aid home afterward. Start using it with pride as you partly restore your hearing abilities.

Whether you want to use the device for a few months or years, the choice is always yours. Just be sure to revisit your audiologist for re-programming anytime the need arises. You may also visit your audiologist should your hearing aid develop problems in the future.