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The Hearing Aid Process: How Long Does It Take?

Are you tired of saying, “huh?” and ready to start the process of getting a hearing aid? Through the following steps, you may discover that improved hearing is only a few weeks away.

Medical Examination

The first step to getting your hearing aid is a visit to a licensed physician who specializes in ear health for an examination. This step, as required by the FDA is meant to understand the cause of hearing loss and verify it is not from a serious underlying medical condition. Patients 18 years and older may sign a waiver stating they do not wish to have this examination, however it is highly recommended to include this in your hearing aid process.

the_hearing_aid_processAudiogram

Your audiogram is meant to determine your amount of hearing loss. By analyzing the type, extent and pattern of hearing loss, your audiologist will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for hearing aids.

Choosing a Hearing Aid and Initial Fitting

Depending on your amount of hearing loss, your budget, and your lifestyle, your audiologist will be able to guide you to the best hearing aids for your needs. Some hearing aids will be available at the time of your in-office visit. Others, which require earmold impressions can take about two weeks to create a custom-fitted device.

After your hearing aids are available, you will have your initial fitting appointment. During this appointment, your audiologist will conduct what is called Real Ear Measures. This test allows your ear specialist to adjust the amplification settings to fit your hearing needs. Once your hearing aid is adjusted, you will learn general care and maintenance tips for your device.

Hearing Aid Trial Period

It is normal to take time adjusting to the new sounds and the feeling of wearing the hearing aid. As such, many companies offer a 30 day trial period, allowing you to decide if the device is the best fit for you. Talk you your hearing aid provider to see if this option is available for your particular hearing aid.

Testing your hearing aid in multiple environments is important. The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends you start wearing the aids in a quiet environment, slowly working up to noisier surroundings. Also, as you are adjusting to each new environment consider keeping a sound journal to record your experiences and possible concerns. Take this information with you to your follow-up appointments.

Hearing Aid Follow Up Appointments

Though getting a hearing aid may only take a couple of weeks, within the first few months of your initial fitting, plan on follow-up appointments with your ear specialist. These appointments will allow you to express any issues you may have with your device as well as allowing your audiologist to make custom adjustments to the hearing aid programming. Working with your audiologist, within a few months you will have a hearing aid custom-programmed to your needs and be able to enjoy the clarity of sound once again.

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