As we all know, finding the best fit matters in all aspects of our lives. Nowhere is this more important than with hearing aids. Let’s talk about how we can find the best fit for your hearing aid. When shopping around for hearing aids, comfort is a valuable consideration to make. As always, volume levels matter, but what difference does it make for your hearing if it’s so uncomfortable you keep taking it out of your ear?
Take Your Time, Find the Balance
Volume and comfort are both important. Striking a balance between them is even more important. Volume determines how loudly and clearly your new hearing aids will amplify the sounds you pick up around you. Volume is especially critical in conversational settings. Don’t rush into getting a model that promises high volume quality if it hurts to wear it. Conversely, don’t sacrifice volume for comfort. A comfy model that’s not the loudest can be just as problematic.
Read on for advice about getting fitted at the store.
Getting Fitted At the Store
When visiting the audiologist for a fitting, be sure to bring along a companion. A family member or a friend can help you test out different models and get used to them by listening to familiar voices. An initial hearing test will help identify a possible model for you, but be aware that it most likely won’t be custom-fitted for your ear. But you won’t know until you try. Also, certain offices with higher technology capabilities can go beyond just fitting it to your ear and can align it with your inner ear canal.
Now read on for advice about getting fitted at home.
Getting Fitted at Home
At first, getting your hearing aid fitted at home may seem strange and not safe, but it’s quite the opposite. Trust Clarity, and let us fit your hearing aid, either at home or in office. We’ve discussed the different types of hearing aids before. Just look at the the several different varieties of hearing aid:
- In-the-Canal (ITC)/Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) Aids
- In-the-Ear (ITE) Aids
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE) Aids
- Behind-the-Ear Aid: Open Fitting
- Receiver-in-Canal Aids
How do you know you’re getting the best fit? It should form a seal. This seal should take the form of a snug feeling in your ear. How do you know the seal isn’t snug? If you hear a whistling sound. The whistling indicates the full seal hasn’t been formed yet. Get a proper fit, and don’t settle for anything less. Why settle, when you can go for Clarity?
Get Your Hearing Aids from Clarity Audiology
Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions offers state-of-the-art hearing solutions for any hearing loss you are experiencing. We specialize in diagnosing and treating hearing loss, fitting and programming hearing aids, and helping you hear again. Contact us today to schedule an appointment online or by calling 410-698-6594. To see what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.