Hearing Aid Fitting: Questions to Ask During the Follow-Up Appointment
You have your hearing aids. You have gone through the initial hearing aid fitting appointment. You asked a million and one questions during that appointment. You left feeling confident and know what to do with your new hearing aids. You booked a follow-up appointment just in case. The appointment is nearing and perhaps you don’t quite know what to expect.
Do not fear. While the follow-up appointment can sometimes be just as daunting as the initial hearing aid fitting appointment, it’s actually quite stress free and pain free. The appointment serves as an opportunity to ask follow questions; after all, there are still so many unknowns and you are still learning your way with your new hearing aids and that is completely normal and understandable. Asking questions not only helps you to understand more about the care, use and functions of your hearing aids it also helps your audiologist know and understand where you need help and clarity when it comes to your hearing aids.
Here are a few questions you may want to ask during your follow-up fitting appointment.
What is the proper way to clean your hearing aids?
It is always a good idea to have a refresher on how to properly care and clean your hearing aids because in your initial hearing aid fitting appointment there was a lot of information given to you and you may have forgotten or missed a few key points on the proper care and maintenance of your hearing aids.
How do I know when to change my battery?
It is good practice to know and remember the signal your hearing aid gives you when the battery is low and how to properly and safely change your battery when needed.
Why does it sound funny in ______ environment?
Sometimes this means the program has change to reflect the environment you are in hence why it may sound different than you regular everyday program or perhaps the hearing aids did not switch programs and there is an error there. It is always good to check in with your audiologist about the sound and function of your hearing aid in specific programs and environments.
Why does it hurt when I wear them?
If you experience pain when you put your hearing aids in, it may be a fit problem or you may not be putting your hearing aids in properly. It is best to bring this to your audiologist’s attention so that they can address the situation and help to correct it as well.
Remember no question is a bad question. If you have a question, no matter how silly you think it may be, ask it. Questions will help give your audiologist a greater insight into you and your hearing aid needs and wants.