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Do You Need a Hearing Aid Fitting?

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There are many different ways that hearing loss can manifest itself. Depending on how severe the hearing loss is, symptoms can range from struggling to communicate with others to complete social isolation. This is why it is important to get help in the form of hearing technology if you are having hearing problems. A hearing health professional will be able to provide you with the right device for you and restore your quality of life. Continue reading to discover everything you need to know. 

There are many different types of hearing loss. However, most of the symptoms tend to be the same. Some of the most common signs of hearing loss are:

  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears
  • Exhaustion after attending social events
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Often asking others to repeat what they said
  • Difficulty hearing people on the phone
  • The perception that others are mumbling
  • Trouble understanding speech, especially in noisy environments
  • Listening to television or radio at a high volume

If you have any of the symptoms that have been mentioned above, it may be recommended that you need a hearing device. One important part of getting your device is the hearing aid fitting. A lot of people assume that this is something that can be skipped but this is not the case. 

The fitting process

A hearing aid fitting is one of the most critical parts of the process when it comes to getting a new hearing aid. This is because the device is going to be fitted and set up to suit your ears and your hearing requirements. Your hearing health professional will carry out a hearing test to make sure that they can determine the level of sound that is going to be uncomfortable for you, as well as figuring out the softest sounds that you can hear. This is essential because it enables them to set up the hearing device to suit you. After all, everyone has different levels of hearing loss and different hearing requirements, and so it is vital that your hearing device is going to be set up to suit you. 

Understanding your device

Aside from this, your hearing aid fitting is also important because your hearing health professional will teach you everything that you need to know about your device and how to use it properly. They will explain the different features of the device and they will demonstrate how to use them. This includes how to clean it and how to store it – both are essential in ensuring your hearing aid lasts for as long as possible. 

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the most common symptoms of hearing loss and why it is so important that you move forward with your hearing aid fitting if this is something you are experiencing.