A hearing aid fitting is one of the most common appointments that you’ll have with your hearing care provider. Most people will have several hearing aid fittings with their hearing health professional over the course of several months. This is to ensure that their hearing aids are comfortable and functioning at an optimal level.

Here are some of the top reasons why you should see your hearing professional for a fitting.

To Find the Best Hearing Aid for Your Needs

Your hearing care provider can help you find the best hearing aids for your needs. There are many different styles such as in-the-ear (ITE), behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids. Each of these comes with different features and they sit on your ear differently. This means that you’ll want to learn about the different styles and the features they come with before making a decision on what hearing aids you’ll be using for the long term.

To Ensure That Your Hearing Aids Fit Properly

Hearing aids can be molded to fit your ear perfectly. This is especially important for hearing aids that sit in your ear. They need to be a comfortable fit to ensure that they don’t fall out and to provide the best sound quality. Your hearing health professional will take a mold of your ear and use it to create the ideal hearing aid for your ear and canal shape. A hearing aid fitting will check that your hearing aids are still a good fit for your ears and adjustments can be made so they feel a bit more comfortable.

To Learn How to Use Hearing Aids Effectively

Hearing aids aren’t difficult to use, but it helps to get a bit of advice from your hearing care provider. They can teach you how to change settings and access different features. This unlocks more options with your hearing aids and helps you make more effective use of them. However, if you aren't interested in additional features and would prefer to have a simple hearing aid, then you can inform your hearing specialist and they’ll find a simpler option for you.

To Teach You How to Maintain Your Hearing Aids

Lastly, hearing aid fittings are a great chance for you to learn how to maintain your hearing aids. Since we’re constantly putting our hearing aids in our ears and they’re being used for most of the day, they can eventually face some wear and tear. This means that we need to maintain our hearing aids, and your hearing health professional can educate you on how to do this.

They’ll tell you how to properly clean your hearing aids, how to store them when they’re not in use or being transported and also how to change the battery if required. If your hearing aids have multiple settings, then they’ll also teach you how to switch between them or reset them if you’ve accidentally changed something.