You are coming to the end of your hearing loss journey; it can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. You might be worried you won't get along with the hearing aids, but ensure you persevere; it will take some getting used to. Your specialist will tell you this as well. 

When you have your hearing aids fitted, you will be given a wealth of information explaining how to change the batteries, how to operate them, and how to turn them on and off at the start and end of each day. 

Time

You need to ensure you give yourself enough time to attend your hearing aid fitting appointment. They can take up to two hours to complete as you have to have them fitted and programmed for everything related to you. 

At the appointment, your hearing aid specialist will turn your new hearing aids on, program them and fit them into your ears for you. They will double-check and triple-check that you find them comfortable and there is no irritation. 

Ask Questions 

If you have any questions, be sure to ask them. There are no strange or weird questions, and your hearing aid specialist has likely been asked them all before. If they have mentioned something that you didn't quite catch or that you are not sure about, then be sure to ask and get them to explain again. 

It is your appointment, and you have to make sure you are completely comfortable when it comes to wearing your aids and using them. You will be shown how to operate them, so you have to feel confident manually operating your hearing aids. 
Take someone with you 

If you are nervous or worried about taking in information or if you just want some moral support, then feel free to bring someone along with you to your appointment. Having someone there can help you remember anything you need to ask or check with your hearing aid specialist. You can make a day of it with the person you take, get your appointment out of the way and then go for some lunch or dinner to celebrate your new hearing aids. 

Write information down

When you attend your appointment, you can take a notebook along with you and write down vital information that your specialist tells you. You will learn how to operate the hearing aids, how to look after them, and how to change the batteries. You will be given a leaflet, but it also helps to write information down as you understand it rather than misinterpreting what is written in the brochure. 

You will need to note the dos and don'ts of looking after your hearing aids, for example, the main one is don't get them wet. Take them out before you shower or bath, and definitely take them out before you go swimming. When you take them out, be sure to place them in the case, so they don't get lost or damaged.