Wearing hearing aids for the rest of your life may seem daunting, but if they fit properly, you might not even notice you are wearing them! This is why fitting hearing aids is one of the most important parts of the process of purchasing a pair. The focus is usually on finding the right model with the correct levels, so often the fitting portion is rushed. Whether in an office or using an at-home model, take the time to get the right fit to ensure the best hearing and comfort levels.
In Store Hearing Aid Fitting
If you are going to an audiologist for a fitting, bring along a family member or friend so you can hear a familiar voice when testing out different models. The audiologist will give you a hearing test to decide which model might be best, and then insert that model into the ear. Since these models generally are not fitted to your ear, it may be uncomfortable at first, but the audiologist may have a mold to use to create a better fitting product. Some high-tech offices can even take scans of the inner ear to get a good idea of how the canal shape changes with mouth movement and how the hearing aid should fit within or behind the ear.
At Home Fitting
Fitting hearing aids at home may seem unsafe since there is not a professional around, but the experience is anything but that! When you purchase hearing aids from Audicus, there are several pliable, silicon end pieces that come with your hearing aid order. These silicon end pieces come in a variety of sizes, so you can find the one that is right for you from the comfort of your own home. These pieces, otherwise known as domes, can be exchanged with larger or smaller sizes to get the best fit possible. Your hearing aid dome should fit snugly in your ear, like a cork in a wine bottle, so that no excess air passes through. If you are experiencing whistling from your hearing aid, this may indicate that your dome is not creating a snug seal with your ear and letting excess air pass through. For hearing aids that go behind the ear as opposed to inside of the ear, you can ask for a longer or shorter tube length. Longer tubes are helpful if you wear glasses or have larger ears. Similarly to the domes, you can determine which length is most comfortable for your use. Properly fitting hearing aids do not whistle and fit snugly in the ear, so do not settle until you are comfortable with a well-fitting hearing aid!
Hearing Aid Pain
While many first-time hearing aid wearers experience minor discomfort and take some time to get used to wearing the earpiece, they soon adapt and have no problems. If after wearing the hearing aid daily you are having any type of pain, contact a professional as soon as possible. Audicus staffs audiologists who can read your audiogram and tinker with their hearing aid recommendation to make sure you are experiencing the best hearing feasible. Each hearing aid is tailored to the purchaser, so if the sound seems too loud or quiet or there is any discomfort, the hearing aid should be exchanged.
Once you find the perfectly fitting hearing aid, be sure to keep it clean and free of debris to maintain great fit and even better hearing!