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If your hearing test reveals a permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended for one or both ears. Your Hearing Specialist will explain the test results and what hearing aids can do to help. It is usually at this appointment that you will get to see different styles of hearing aids. In some cases, you may even be able to try on the hearing aids to demonstrate how they will improve the sound in your life. Your hearing professional will help you choose the best hearing aid style, features, and level of sophistication based on your degree of hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial circumstances.


Once you make a decision, the Hearing Specialist may take impressions of your ears if you selected custom hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids that require earmolds.

Hearing Aid Programming and Fitting

Hearing aids must usually be ordered from a manufacturer and then programmed by your Hearing Specialist to meet your specific hearing needs. Your Hearing Specialist will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ear and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean your hearing aids. When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may experience different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away.

Your Hearing Specialist will ask you questions about how your hearing and your feelings about the new aids. Be honest about what you are experiencing so the Hearing Specialist can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the programming to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments, as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.  Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with your Hearing Specialist, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.