Hearing Aid Fitting & Programming
When the initial fitting takes place, there are a lot of thoughts going through the patient’s mind. Our audiologist will do everything possible to answer any questions that pop up. Your Hearing Connection has worked hard over the years to improve the fitting process by prioritizing comfort and accuracy. With all of the hearing aid options available, users should always get what they need.
Depending on the type of hearing aid chose, the fitting may happen at the same appointment as the evaluation. The fitting is when patients get to wear their new personalized device for the first time. Bringing along a loved one or a friend is recommended so that a familiar voice is available as a reference. During the fitting, accuracy will be improved through the use of live speech mapping. The entire experience is about acclimating users to a normal hearing standard. Questions and answers will cover the majority of the session, but there is still work ahead to get back normal hearing.
A major adjustment
To get the most out of hearing devices, users have to understand them. Maintenance and regular cleaning will prevent the hardware from being problematic. This also ensures that the features are working as intended. During the session, patients should be proactive in asking questions about their new device.Comfort is one of the areas that only the wearer can go into detail on. Hearing aids may use custom earmolds, or soft disposable earpieces that come in many sizes for a perfect fit. If for some reason the device feels wrong, it is crucial to be vocal about the fit. The audiologist does most of the final programming with the help of the wearer. Being honest about sound clarity will improve the entire process. Patients should never be afraid to speak up if something doesn’t feel right.
Live speech mapping
To expedite the final programming of hearing aids, live speech mapping is used. It is a tool that visualizes sounds in real-time from the wearer’s perspective. An audiologist can get a good representation of how well the new device is working during this process. It’s a modern way to verify the programming of hearing aids without losing several accuracy points. As a non-invasive process, this is the preferred way to prepare hearing aids for full-time use. Patient feedback is still valuable and encouraged during live speech mapping.