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Top Things You Will Learn at Your Hearing Aid Fitting

Top Things You Will Learn at Your Hearing Aid Fitting

Getting a new hearing device is an effective solution to hearing problems. Hearing aids are impressive small devices that fit inside your ear canal, inside your ear or behind it. Whatever type you need, it will be expertly fitted by your audiologist, who will also take the time to explain the various aspects of hearing aid to you. 

There are various types of hearing devices. How you fit them depends on the type, size, adjustment features and build quality. Additionally, some require more maintenance than others. Some hearing aids also come with more features than others, while keeping your hearing aid clean is essential for proper function.

How to Fit Your Device

Depending on the hearing aid you have purchased, there are various ways of programming and using it correctly. Here is a quick overview, but you should consult your audiologist about any concerns:

In-the-Canal (ITC) 

To insert an ITC device, gently insert the device's tip in your ear and slide it in with a gentle twist. The device should fit into your ear perfectly if it has been appropriately measured.

In-the-Ear (ITE)

Inserting an ITE is a little trickier. First, with the colored dot facing upward, place the hearing aid tip inside your ear canal. Then gently pull your ear outward, ease the device down your canal, and adjust it to fit your natural contour.

Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

Inserting a BTE is relatively simple but can be tedious. First, sit your hearing aid processing unit behind your ear. Next, position and gently slide the microphone towards your ear canal and gently insert it.

The process of inserting and removing your hearing aid might take some getting used to, but you will have no problems after a bit of practice. However, it is essential that you practice doing it properly, or you might not fully use your device to its potential.

Programming and Adjustments

No matter what make or model you use, each device is programmable. During your fitting, your audiologist will take the time to adjust and program your hearing aid while you are there. However, your audiologist will change the settings to that specific environment and there will be situations where you might need to turn your device's sensitivity up or down. 

Keeping Your Device Clean

Given their small size, hearing aids are remarkably tough and can take a knock or two. However, like any device, they require maintenance and will degrade over time. The magnitude of which depends on how much you look after them throughout their lifetime. Because of their position behind or inside the ear, hearing aids are susceptible to small particles of skin, wax and hair buildup. Additionally, sweat can also cause salt and dirt deposits to accumulate.

Fortunately, cleaning a hearing aid couldn't be simpler. Using a soft brush and a dry cloth, ITE and ITC hearing can be gently cleaned. You can gently wash a BTE mold and tube in warm, soapy water. However, it is advised that you have your device cleaned every six to 12 months by a professional. But it would be best if you didn't worry as your audiologist will explain the entire cleaning procedure for your exact device.