Hearing Aid Fitting & Programming
Once you’ve selected your hearing aids, they must be programmed for your hearing needs and personal preferences. Hearing is highly individual. No two people hear sound in the same way, so no two hearing aids should be programmed the same. Active Life Hearing uses the latest technology like live speech mapping to customize your hearing aids to deliver sounds exactly as you want to hear them. Your hearing aid fitting appointment will probably be the longest appointment you ever have at the Active Life Hearing offices. That’s because our hearing healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing you the richest and clearest sound possible.
Wearing hearing aids for the first time
We recommend that you bring a family member or friend to your hearing aid fitting appointment. It’s perfectly normal to be a bit anxious about what will happen when you insert your hearing aids for the first time. That’s OK, and that’s why it helps to have a loved one with you. If the first sounds you hear seem strange, don’t worry. We use live speech mapping along with your companion’s voice to personalize your hearing aid programs.
Because your brain hasn’t received normal auditory stimulation due to hearing loss, it will take some time to adjust to wearing your new technology. Studies show that if you have a positive attitude about this adjustment period, you have a more positive experience wearing hearing aids. Remember, it takes time to adjust to wearing glasses; wearing hearing aids requires the same type of adjustment period.
Live speech mapping
Active Life Hearing uses live speech mapping during the fitting process to ensure that your hearing aids are delivering sounds as you want to hear them. While some audiologists use tones and bleeps, Active Life Hearing uses the sound of a familiar voice to fine-tune your new hearing aids.
A small microphone will be placed in your ear along with the hearing aid. The microphone measures the response of your hearing aid to the sound of your companion’s voice and lets you and the hearing health professional “see” the sounds on a video screen in real-time. The hearing aid settings and programs are then adjusted until you are comfortable with the sounds you hear.
Learning about your hearing aids
In addition to learning how to insert and remove your hearing aids, you’ll learn how to turn them on and off and use any special features or functions like the telecoil setting. You’ll also be instructed on the basic care and routine maintenance for your hearing aids like changing or charging batteries and cleaning the devices. If you have any questions, be sure to speak up. We want you to be comfortable wearing and caring for your hearing aids before you leave.