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What You Can Expect to Learn at Your Hearing Aid Fitting

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Are you planning on getting hearing aids? Hearing aids can provide the support you need if you have started to lose your hearing at any age. It will ensure that you are able to socialize and still maintain conversations without issues. That’s exactly what you need because studies show that the inability to do this can lead to a variety of serious mental health issues. It may even make you more susceptible to issues like depression.

When you choose to get hearing aids, you will need to attend a fitting. This will be provided by an audiologist who will help ensure that you get all the support and indeed the information you need. So, what can you expect to learn and discover at your hearing aid fitting?

Different types and styles of hearing aids

One of the first pieces of information that an audiologist will be happy to tell you is that there are a variety of different types of hearing aids available on the market today. The main types include in the ear, behind the ear and in the ear canal. An audiologist will explain each of the main features for every option to make sure you can choose which type is right for you. Be aware that they do differ on everything including price, support levels and of course size.

Those who want their hearing aids to be as discreet as possible will be thrilled by the concept of in the ear canal devices. These remain hidden and ensure that you don’t have to worry about the devices being on display.

Level of hearing loss

This is also the time when you learn about the level of your hearing loss. Hearing loss can be anything from mild, moderate or severe. This is not impacted by your age. Anyone can suffer from severe hearing loss. However, the level of your difficulty can impact the choice of hearing aids available to you. For instance, in the ear canal hearing aids are not suitable for severe hearing loss.

Instead, you will likely need to opt for behind the ear hearing aids. The good news is that these actually provide a greater level of support and a larger number of features.

How your hearing aids work

An audiologist will also use a fitting to teach you about how your hearing aids work. Believe it or not, these devices are quite complicated and take some time to figure out how to use them effectively. There are multiple settings and systems to understand. An audiologist will walk you through all these different areas and ensure that you get the greatest level of support for your devices.

Will they suit your needs?

Finally, a hearing aid fitting will show you whether the devices are going to provide the support that you need. You’ll be able to get your first real account of how these devices work, whether they are comfortable and if they will benefit you in the long run.

We hope this helps you understand everything that you’ll learn at your hearing aid fitting.