The process of getting hearing aids fitted

Author thumbnail Sam Jones  |  Published 02 October 2023  | Updated 16 May 2024  | 4 mins read

An audiologist fitting a hearing aid in a patient's ear.

Hearing aids come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with one primary function: to enhance your hearing ability. That’s why it’s crucial your hearing aids are fitted and programmed to ensure they offer you the best possible level of support. If your hearing aids do not fit properly, you are less likely to use them, potentially leading to a decline in your hearing function over time.

A woman with hearing aids looking in a mirror.

Why should I wear hearing aids?

Despite some outdated opinions of hearing aids just being for the deaf, these tiny, tech-packed devices can be of huge benefit to individuals with any level of hearing loss. Not only will they improve your hearing abilities, making conversations much easier to engage with, but hearing aids will also benefit your mental health. They can even reduce your risk of developing dementia in later life.

So if you suspect you might have hearing loss, the best thing you can do is take the first steps on your hearing journey and book a FREE hearing assessment, where our expert audiologists will be able to help support you should hearing loss be found.

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What to expect at a hearing aid fitting appointment?

No hearing aid will work for you straight out of the box. Just like glasses or a tailored suit, your hearing aid must be expertly adjusted to give you the very best listening experience customised to your needs. That’s why we offer a bespoke hearing aid fitting after your initial hearing assessment.

During your fitting appointment your audiologist will:

  • Check the fitting of your hearing aids ensuring that they are comfortable, and you understand the process of getting them in and out of your ears with confidence.
  • Set up your hearing aid according to your level of hearing loss and lifestyle needs. This can involve taking fine measurements of your ear canals, which ensures that the hearing aids are tailored directly to the shape and size of your ears.
  • Talk you through the various settings and functions of your hearing aids and how you can control them.
  • Give you guidance on the proper usage, care, and maintenance of your hearing aids.

How long does it take to be fitted for a hearing aid?

A typical hearing aid fitting appointment takes around 45-60 minutes.

How long does it take for your brain to adjust to a hearing aid?

It can take a few weeks for your brain to properly adjust to your new hearing. That’s why we’ll keep in contact with you for the first few weeks to answer any questions or concerns you might have. We’ll also invite you back for a follow-up appointment.

Close up shot of a hearing aid dispenser fitting hearing aids.

What is it like wearing hearing aids for the first time?

Wearing hearing aids for the first time should be an enjoyable experience, but for some, it can be quite an overwhelming sensation. This is because when you first put your hearing aids on, the world of sound opens up to you once again, which can sometimes be a lot for our brains to take in. Our audiologists understand that everyone reacts differently to this sensation, and will give you all the time you need, explaining how your hearing aids sound, how they will feel and the improvements you can expect to see in your day-to-day life.

What happens after your hearing aid fitting appointment?

Like most things in life, wearing hearing aids can take some time to get used to, which is why we recommend regular follow-up appointments in the first few weeks of getting them. This allows us to fine-tune the hearing aids to your needs as you adjust to them, giving you the best possible hearing experience. 

Once you’re happy with your hearing aids, we’ll invite you back every 6 months for a check-in to review your hearing aids, ears and any changes you might be experiencing.

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