What will happen during an Assess and Fit appointment?
- The audiologist will ask you a few questions about how well you are able to hear in everyday situations and what difficulties you have.
to see a form that will give you an idea of some questions you may be asked. You may want to consider your answers to these questions before going to your appointment. You can print this form and take it with you to your appointment as a reminder.
- Some questions will be about your general health and medical history, including any medications you’re currently on – so be sure to make a note of any you’ve been taking recently, before your appointment.
- The audiologist will look in your ears with a special torch-like instrument called an otoscope to check the condition of your ear canals and eardrums.
- Your hearing will then be tested and the results explained to you.
- If the results of the hearing tests show that you have a hearing loss, your audiologist may talk to you about the possibility of hearing aids – but only if your test results show that you are likely to benefit. If so, the results will help your audiologist to decide whether you require one for each ear or whether a single hearing aid would be more appropriate.
- If you decide that you want to try using hearing aids, your audiologist will begin by measuring your ear for a suitable open earpiece and then checking that the chosen earpiece is comfortable for you.
- The audiologist will then ensure that the hearing aids are correctly set up to suit your individual hearing loss. This is done by taking readings using a tiny tube which is inserted a short distance into your ear canal. This method is called Real Ear Measurement (REM) and will be described in more detail in a later section.
An audiologist carrying out Real Ear Measurements (REMs)
8. You will then be shown how to use your hearing aid(s). Your audiologist should talk you through such things as how to change the battery and how to fit the hearing aid to your ear.
9. Finally, you should be offered a follow up appointment, which may be in person or over the phone. This follow up appointment will usually occur 6 to 8 weeks after your initial hearing aid fitting appointment, allowing you sufficient time in which to try them in a variety of situations that are important to you.
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