Hearing aids, more than many other commonly used medical devices, have truly made a difference in the lives of countless people who have struggled with hearing. Nothing quite gives you a new lease on life like being able to clearly hear the world around you again. Though hearing aids cannot cure hearing loss, they can significantly improve the ease with which you communicate with others and help you live the vibrant, alert life you deserve.
Unfortunately, an improperly fit hearing aid will result in significantly less effective results for the wearer. Hearing aids must be properly fitted by an experienced audiologist in order to deliver their full benefits.
How Are Hearing Aids Fit?
Once it has been determined that you do in fact have hearing loss and you’ve had a chance to select the hearing aids you want, your audiologist will check the physical fit of your devices to ensure they’re comfortable. Be aware that this process is more of an art than a science, and that it typically takes around three office visits to reach the proper fit in terms of comfort and optimal effectiveness.
Your hearing aids will then be programmed and adjusted to fit your unique lifestyle needs and degree of hearing loss. Ear mold impressions may also be taken to ensure the best possible fit of your devices.
Can Hearing Aids Change in Size?
Sometimes hearing aids can feel as if they don’t fit the same or no longer stay in place like they once did, which causes people to wonder if the materials used to make them have worn down or warped in some way. More often than not, the reason your hearing devices feel like they fit differently is because your body has changed, rather than the devices themselves.
Factors that can affect the fit and comfort of your hearing aids include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Losing Weight – People often don’t realize that when they lose weight, it can affect far more areas of the body than just the places where you’re trying to shed weight. Even losing just five pounds can cause your hearing aids to fit looser!
- Aging Process – Your cartilage will continue to grow and your earlobes can actually elongate from the effects of gravity, meaning your hearing aid may not always stay in place as tightly as it once did.
Noticed Changes in the Way Your Hearing Aids Fit?
If you or your loved one’s hearing aids feel uncomfortable, too loose or too tight, are causing you pain, have started whistling or are interfering with your ability to wear them in any other way, we encourage you to come into Davis Family Hearing and have them looked at right away.
Our team of caring audiologists have the knowledge and expertise necessary to determine whether the problem affecting your hearing aids is a minor fitting issue or if it’s a more severe problem that may potentially require you to be fitted with an entirely new device.