Getting hearing aids can be a daunting proposition, as can any medical equipment purchase. One of the things that holds people back is not knowing how well the hearing aids will fit in with their existing life and how much effort it will take to adjust. Thankfully, these steps will get you on the right track for a hearing aid consultation.
Make Sure They Are Fitted Correctly
The first step will be to make sure that the hearing aids feel comfortable for you. They aren't like a new pair of shoes, and you shouldn't walk away from the doctor's office feeling any discomfort. It may be that your doctor needs to adjust the sizing or padding of the hearing aids. Or you may just be trying on a style that doesn't feel right for you and you need to look for different medical equipment. There are plenty of different designs that fit inside or outside the ear and are attached in different ways. Trying on many different sizes, brands and styles will be important to finding the best fit for you. No doctor can tell you what will be the best fit in terms of comfort.
Look for Features that Complement Your Life
Since there are so many different designs and features, be sure to discuss options with your doctor to find
Choose Special Features to Make Things Easier
The features of your hearing aid should complement your life, not add confusion or hassle. Look for hearing aids with
Don't Hesitate to Ask Questions
Finally, don't forget that your audiologist is there to help you adjust quickly to having hearing aids. If something doesn't feel right or you're having trouble making a feature work, reach out to your doctor. It doesn't matter if it's days or even weeks past when you got the hearing aids fitted;