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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 hearing aids to correct your hearing loss?

Through the following steps, you may discover that the process to receive your new hearing aids can be completed in just one appointment when you work with our Doctors of Audiology. If there happens to be more customization for your hearing aids, it could take up to a couple of weeks.

To help you see how the hearing aid process can work and how quickly it can move, below are the steps that our doctors of audiology follow once you come into our hearing clinic.

Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

Once you come in for your appointment to assess your hearing loss, the first step is to have a diagnostic hearing evaluation. This evaluation is meant to determine your level of hearing loss and other hearing loss factors.

By analyzing the type, extent, and pattern of hearing loss, our audiologists will be able to determine whether you are a good candidate for hearing aids.

Choosing a Hearing Aid and Initial Fitting

With the hearing evaluation completed, if you are a good candidate for hearing aids, the next step is to consult with our doctors of audiology about what hearing aids are right for your hearing needs.

Depending on your amount of hearing loss, your budget, and your lifestyle, our audiologists 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, which means you can be outfit with them on the spot.

Others, which require earmold impressions or need to be ordered in, can take from five days to two weeks to receive, especially if the hearing aids you choose need to be custom-made for your ears.

After your hearing aids are available, you will have your initial fitting appointment. If the hearing aids you choose are in-stock, the fitting can take place right after you choose them!

The fitting process is fairly straightforward. One of our audiologists will conduct what is called Real-Ear Measurement. This test allows your ear specialist to adjust the amplification settings to fit your hearing needs. It is critical that you give our audiologists as much feedback from what you are hearing and feeling so that they can properly adjust your hearing aids.

Once your hearing aids are adjusted, you will learn general care and maintenance tips for your device. It can seem like a whirlwind, but if we currently have your preferred hearing aids in stock, all of this can be completed in one appointment.

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 to our audiologists to see if this option is available for your particular hearing aid.

Testing your hearing aid in multiple environments is important. We recommend 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 with our audiologists. That way, they can make adjustments if you need them.

Hearing Aid Follow Up Appointments

Though getting a hearing aid may only one day or just a couple of weeks, within the first few months of your initial fitting, plan on meeting with our audiologists for follow-up appointments.

These appointments will allow you to express any issues you may have with your device as well as allowing your audiologist to make customized adjustments to the hearing aid programming. To work with our audiologists to receive your hearing aids, contact us today to set up your appointment.

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