Hearing Aid Follow-up
Initial Follow-Up Appointment
Two weeks after the fitting, the patient will return for their initial follow-up appointment. During this appointment the patient will report to the audiologist how their experience with the new hearing aids has been so far (for example, I can hear my soft spoken wife now but I still am missing conversation in a noisy restaurant). Because hearing aids today are very flexible, the audiologist can make necessary adjustments to the sound quality or fit of the hearing aids. Any additional instruction or practice with the hearing aids will also occur, if needed. This appointment can be as short as 5 minutes or as long as a half an hour, depending on the patient’s experience during the first 2 weeks.
Future Follow-Up Appointment
After the initial follow-up appointment, the audiologist usually likes to see the patient at least once before the 40 day trial period is over and possibly more depending on the patient needs. Anytime after the 40 day trial, the patient or the audiologist can set up a follow-up appointment as needed. Often these appointments are performed to change the sound of the hearing aid, or performed to adjust the hearing aid as the patient’s hearing or lifestyle changes. The time of this appointment will vary based on the patient needs.