We’ll just get straight to the point. No, a properly fit hearing aid will not make your hearing worse. The key to the answer lies in the phrase “properly fit”. There are several steps involved in ensuring that a hearing aid is fit properly.
THE HEARING TEST AND PATIENT HISTORY STAGE
Gathering information about your medical history particularly as it relates to your hearing is essential when we are ready to develop a plan to provide you with better hearing. The hearing test is essential in determining the type and degree of hearing loss and if any conditions exist that need to be evaluated further before moving on to the next step.
THE PLANNING STAGE
Your hearing healthcare professional will assess your history, lifestyle assessing areas of difficulty and need and provide you with options. It is during this planning stage that the physical and electroacoustic characteristics of the hearing aids you select are defined.
THE EVALUATION/VERIFICATION STAGE
During the verification stage, the hearing healthcare professional will determine if the hearing aids meet a set of standardized measures that include basic electroacoustics (sometimes this step is done prior to your visit) are cosmetically appealing, and fit comfortably.
THE ADJUSTMENT STAGE
By definition an adjustment is an alteration made to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result. During the adjustment stage, we will counsel you on the use and care of your hearing aids and discuss what you can realistically expect regarding the performance of your hearing aids. You should fully expect to return on more than one occasion to ensure that any issues you notice are resolved to your satisfaction. Our goal is to put you on and keep you on the path to better hearing.