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Hearing aid fitting

This section will take you through the process of getting a hearing aid fitted, hopefully answering any questions you may have. Of course, you will have the opportunity to ask questions when you come in for your fitting, too, but this section can help you feel prepared.

How long will I need to wait for a hearing aid fitting?

As a guide, non-customised hearing aids are usually fitted within one week and custom hearing aids are fitted within two weeks of your hearing assessment. Before your fitting we will have selected and programmed your hearing aid so that it meets your specific needs.

How long will the fitting appointment take?

Please allow at least an hour for your appointment, but be aware that appointment lengths may vary.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for my hearing aid fitting appointment?

Before your fitting, please ensure your ears are free from earwax build-up as this may make it impossible for us to fit your hearing aid. If you will require an interpreter - including sign language - at your appointment, please let us know at your assessment appointment..

What will happen during my hearing aid fitting appointment? 

First of all, the audiologist will check that your ears are free of wax build-up. Next he or she will make sure your hearing aid system fits correctly, checking its position for comfort and security and making any adjustments which may be necessary. 

The audiologist will have fitted a battery into your hearing aid. While your hearing aid will have been specially programmed for your needs before your appointment, the audiologist may need to fine-tune it at this point.  

Will there be a lot to remember?

During your appointment you will learn how to put your hearing aid in and take it out, as well as how to switch it on and off. It's a good idea to practise these steps several times before you leave your appointment. The audiologist will also show you how to fit a new battery, how to clean the hearing aid and how to store it when it's not in use. You can also find tips on these areas of maintenance on our website: read about replacing hearing aid batteries and cleaning a hearing aid.

If you are worried about remembering all this new information, rest assured that you will be given a manual for your hearing aid which you can use to remind yourself of any information the audiologist gives you at your appointment. Also, you are more than welcome to note things down or bring a friend or relative along with you.  

Should I start wearing my hearing aid straight away, following the fitting?

Since you won't be used to your new level of hearing, it's best not to wear your hearing aid to go home straight after your appointment. Instead, we advise that you give yourself time to adjust to it in the comfort of your own home, and wear it to go out when you are a little more familiar with your new hearing abilities.   

What will happen after the fitting?

In the month or two following your hearing aid fitting, it's normal to come back to the centre for any necessary additional testing and to allow us to address any questions or concerns you may have.