The hearing aid fitting appointment is the beginning of your evaluation period with your new hearing aids. Colorado state law requires that any office dispensing hearing aids offer a 30 day trial period. Based on research, we know individuals need more time to adjust to hearing aids and assess functional benefit. At Mile High Otolaryngology, we offer a 60 day trial period. During your evaluation period, you will typically return a week or two after your initial fitting appointment and then throughout your trial period several times for follow-up.

At your fitting appointment your audiologist will check physical fit of the hearing aids. Your audiologist will utilize your hearing test to initially program your hearing aids for your individual hearing loss.

Your audiologist will discuss expectations of the hearing aids, similar to what was discussed at your hearing aid consultation. It is typical for people to experience a significantly different volume and/or sound quality with hearing aids. Hearing aids take time to adjust to. During your trial period, it is important that you wear your hearing aids as much as possible to allow your brain time to adjust to hearing differently with your hearing aids. Your hearing aids will not restore your hearing and listening capabilities to the way they were before you developed a hearing loss. Everyone experiences a different benefit from hearing aids. Your audiologist will guide you through the process making sure you receive adequate benefit and that you feel comfortable with your new hearing aids.

We highly recommend you bring a family member or other support person with youWe highly recommend you bring a family member or other support person with you to your hearing aid fitting appointment. Having a family member or friend with you at this appointment is important. It is helpful to have another set of listening ears since a substantial amount of information will be addressed at this appointment. Having another person learn about the process can make the learning curve easier once you get home.

Attitude is an important key to success with hearing aids. Research has shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. It will take time to get to your best benefit with hearing aids, and by working closely with your audiologist, you will be successful.

Live Speech Mapping

Ensure Your Hearing Aids Are Programmed Appropriately for Your Hearing LossLive Speech Mapping is a fitting and verification process that is used to ensure that your hearing aids are programmed appropriately for your hearing loss. A small microphone is placed in the ear canal and measures how the hearing aid is amplifying different sounds. Live speech mapping ensures that your hearing aids are programmed appropriately for your ears and hearing loss. This also allows you and your family members to see and understand the benefits of hearing aids.

Research has shown only about 20-30% of audiologists complete live speech map testing with hearing aid fittings. The audiologists at Mile High Otolaryngology always include this procedure in your hearing aid fitting to ensure that you are receiving the best audibility from your hearing aids and that they are programmed appropriately.