Questions to Ask During a Hearing Consultation & Fitting

Questions to Ask During a Hearing Consultation & Fitting

If you have made the decision to seek treatment for your hearing loss, congratulations! The future is bright with a wide range of assistance options available to you. In fact, with such a wide range of possibilities, you might feel overwhelmed by those options. Rather than looking at the array of hearing aids and feeling like the decision is too much, you can rest assured that we are here to match you with the right pair of aids. 

In order to do so, however, you will need to provide all the necessary information in your consultation, making clear your lifestyle needs and the contexts in which hearing is most difficult for you. You will likely want to ask some questions, as well, helping you make the right choice of aids. 

Let’s walk through some of the questions to keep in mind during your appointment, setting you up for the best use of hearing aids in the years to come. 

What kind of hearing loss do I have?

After you complete your hearing exam, we will review your diagnostic results in the form of an audiogram. This graph isn’t too difficult to understand, but it is quite complex to map those results onto your needs when it comes to hearing aids. You can certainly ask us what kind of hearing loss you have, including which ranges of sound are the most difficult for you to hear. 

You might be curious, as well, if you have one ear with better hearing ability than the other. Although it’s helpful to know these things as a point of reference, the good news is that you don’t need to understand all the specifics. We are experts at reading your diagnostic report and pairing you with the right hearing aids.

What kind of hearing aids are available?

Today, hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, and the styles are enough to make you wonder which are appropriate for your needs. Again, we are knowledgeable in all the options and can pair you with aids to meet your needs. If there are things that appeal to you, feel free to mention these preferences in your meeting. For instance, you might want low-profile hearing aids that are hidden from sight. On the other hand, you might prefer larger hearing aids that are easier to handle, particularly if you have challenges with manual dexterity or arthritis. Still others are interested in water-resistant hearing aids suited to outdoor activities and active lifestyles. When you inform us of these desires, you can find out if they match with your hearing needs.

How do I care for my new hearing aids?

Most hearing aids require minimal maintenance, particularly the rechargeable kind. Even if you need to replace batteries periodically, most aids will simply benefit from a gentle cleaning with a soft, dry cloth. It doesn’t hurt to ask us what other cleaning and maintenance you can perform to keep your aids in top working condition. If there are other things you can do at home or tools that will come in handy, your provider will have guidance for you. If more serious repairs or maintenance are necessary, then you can always bring them in or give a call to see how to proceed. 

When you have your consultation and fitting, you might want to write down other questions or requests so that you don’t forget. Bring that paper and pencil along with you to take down notes on what you learn, as well. You will likely be presented with a lot of detailed information during your meetings, so don’t hesitate to call after the fact if you can’t remember something or it becomes unclear. You might want to bring along a friend, loved one, or other person in your support network to help you remember the important information and to remind you to ask all of your questions. With these tips in mind, we will be able to pair you with the right set of hearing aids for your lifestyle and hearing needs!