If you’ve just been fitted with a hearing aid, your audiologist has likely asked you to schedule a follow-up hearing appointment for a few weeks’ time. Whilst nothing to be concerned about, this follow-up appointment is an important step in ensuring your hearing aids are fine-tuned to your needs and lifestyle. Think of it as a test-drive: you’re testing out your new hearing solution before further improvements are made. So, what should you expect from your follow-up appointment?
Discuss your hearing experience
In the first few weeks after your hearing aids are fitted, you will likely be re-introduced to sounds you haven’t heard in a while. During your appointment, your audiologist will ask various questions about your hearing experience, as well as about the feel and fit of your hearing device. These will help your hearing professional understand how effectively your hearing aids are working in different listening environments. You can prepare for these questions by reflecting and making notes on your hearing experience. For instance, are you still struggling to hear in venues with background noise. And are your hearing aids improving your hearing experience?
Adjustments to your hearing device
Everyone hears differently, which means that individual requirements will vary when it comes to hearing aids. Once the audiologist has asked you the relevant questions about your hearing device, they may make some adjustments to the settings of your hearing aids based on your responses. This will ensure your hearing solution is uniquely adapted and fine-tuned to your individual needs.
Last chance for questions
Whilst your audiologist will likely be asking a lot of questions during your follow-up appointment, it’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your new hearing device. For instance, maybe you want to know how to better maintain your hearing device at home, or maybe you have questions about a nifty hearing aid feature you want to use more. Your follow-up appointment is all about ensuring you have the right information and solutions to make the most out of your hearing aids, so don’t be afraid to ask your audiologist for additional instructions or advice.
In addition to fine-tuning your hearing aids, your follow-up appointment will also allow your audiologist to assess whether you need any additional assistance in rehabilitating to your new hearing experience. For example, if you have been suffering from hearing loss for a long time, your hearing professional may recommend LACE auditory training as a means of readapting to and processing sounds. This will ensure you get the most out of your hearing solution in the long-term.
Long-term support from the Art of Hearing
At The Art of Hearing, our Perth audiologists go above and beyond to ensure our patients are satisfied with their new hearing device. We know that better hearing requires more than just the fitting of a hearing aid, which is why our hearing specialists offer a comprehensive fitting, fine-tuning and adjustment service to ensure that each hearing solution is uniquely tailored to our clients’ individual needs.