Hearing Aid Dispensing and Fitting
Once you have selected your hearing aids after the diagnostic hearing evaluation and the hearing aid evaluation, our audiologists will program them, based on a prescription, to meet your hearing needs. They will explain how to use the devices, how to put them in the ears and how to remove them, how to change batteries and how to care for and clean the devices. It is also a good idea to bring family members or close friends to the hearing aid fitting so they can help remember all the information that is given and be a support to you.
When you put the hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. This is normal and to be expected. The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable, but the sound you hear should be clear and pleasant. Small changes can be made to the hearing aids at your first fitting if there are things that you feel should be adjusted right away.
You may be also be given a short survey or list of questions to answer. Be honest about what you hear so that the hearing professional can work with you to create the best listening experience with your new hearing aids. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place; other changes to customize the hearing to your liking may need to take place over a few appointments, as you wear the hearing aids in more situations and adapt to all the new sounds you are hearing.
Attitude is one important key to success with hearing aids. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook you will have a much better listening experience more quickly. Keep in mind that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing, and by working closely with us, you will get the most out of your new hearing aids.
Live Speech Mapping During Your Hearing Aid Fitting
In the past, verifying a hearing aid fitting consisted mostly of the patient responding to a series of beeps and noises with the hearing aids in. If a patient responded that they could hear the beeps and noises better with the hearing aids, then the hearing aid fitting might be judged to be good. Today, audiologists are equipped with new technologies and methods to make the hearing aid fitting and programming process more effective and accurate.
One of the more advanced technologies available is live speech mapping, a new method of fitting for hearing aids using speech as a stimulus to help our audiologists adjust hearing aids to the right settings for each wearer.
Live speech mapping is a fitting and verification method that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed for your individual needs. With this method, small microphones are placed in the ear canal are used to distinguish differences in how you are able to hear speech through your hearing aids at different loudness levels and frequency ranges.
Our audiologists will have high-tech equipment that will allow them to “see” what you are hearing through your hearing aids on a screen in real-time. This allows both you and your family members to visualize and understand the differences that hearing aids can make in your hearing ability.
“Being hearing impaired all of my life, it has been important for me to have an audiologist who is personable and competent to fit my needs. I have known Dr. Temeka Ford for seven years. She is very thorough and so compassionate in her field of expertise. Through her I have been fitted with the best models of hearing aids available for my hearing requirement. It is very important to work with a cordial and efficient staff and therefore, I highly recommend Northeast Houston Hearing Services and Dr. Ford”.
-Sally H., Houston, TX