Hearing Aid Fitting & Programming
At HEARINC, we understand how essential your hearing health is to your daily life, as well as your personal and professional relationships. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, one of our hearing care professionals will likely recommend hearing aids to address your problems. Hearing aids have a widely diverse product range today, making them small, computerized pieces of technology that perform multiple tasks instantly.
One important factor to remember is that your hearing aid will have the capability to be adjusted and tested many times. For the best listening experience possible, the device should be loud enough for you to understand speech, but not so loud as to be distracting or uncomfortable.
Choosing a hearing aid first depends on your exact level of hearing loss. While individuals with mild-to-moderate loss can typically use a device of any size, others with a severe or profound loss may need a larger, more powerful unit. Once you have decided on the perfect hearing aid, we will begin the fitting process.
Hearing aid fitting
Every hearing aid is fitted to your ear individually because all anatomy is different. A hearing aid fitting is a process that includes testing, education and maintenance.
During your hearing aid fitting, you will be instructed on the ins and outs of your devices. This means learning how to not only power them on and off, but also how to properly insert and remove them, maintain them and adjust to new sounds. Your hearing aid fitting is an important appointment because it helps you gain a wider understanding of how your devices work – and improve your listening experience.
Programming your devices
Since the hearing aid essentially functions like a miniature computer, “programming” is the best way to describe the fixed and variable settings used to tailor a hearing aid to your specific auditory needs. We will work with you in the office to make the right settings for your daily needs.
Hearing aids can be set to wirelessly enhance cellphone calling or to listen to music on other compatible devices. They can offer variable volume control, and many utilize directional microphones to hear appropriate sounds more readily in crowded rooms.
Live speech mapping
Part of the fitting and programming process is finding the best settings for hearing normal speech. Live speech mapping is a test for this purpose. You and a friend or relative sit in a sound-controlled room and speak in normal voices. As the friend or relative (typically used because you know their voice) speaks more softly and sits in various locations in the room, the hearing technician can “map” distances and volumes to see what you can hear.
This process is a step up from the standard hearing test because it uses real people and voices in an environment that can add or subtract distracting noises. You can rest assured you will have finely-tuned and tailored hearing aids to your specific needs when you have a fitting at HEARINC.