Hearing Aid Fitting

Elkhart Hearing Aid Fitting

Sharon, your Elkhart Audiologist, will program the digital hearing ads selected for you by using a computer. Sharon’s 27 years as an audiologist, will make the programming and learning how to use your hearing aid seem easy. Together you will practice how to put it in your ear and how to remove it; how to change batteries (or use your recharger if the model you selected runs on rechargeable batteries) and how to clean the device. It is often a good idea to bring a family member or close friend to the hearing aid fitting so you have a familiar voice to listen to and they can be a resource to support you once you get home.

When you put hearing aids in for the first time, you may have different emotions about the sounds you hear. How they look and how they feel. All of these feelings are normal and to be expected. You are starting a new adventure to better hearing!

The goal of the hearing aid is to make everyday sounds audible and comfortable. Speech should be clear and pleasant. This fitting process is part science and part art. It will also take some time for your brain to adjust to the new sounds. So be sure to keep trying and to keep sharing your observations with Sharon. Many individuals fitting hearing aids will stop at a prescription and subjective process to fit your hearing aids. Sharon goes a step further and performs objective tests to make sure the hearing aids are giving you enough sound where you need it. She has a passion to maximize the hearing abilities of her clients.

Elkhart Hearing Aid Client Improvement Scale

Near the end of your appointment to fit your hearing aids, Sharon will ask you some more questions about where you want to hear better. You rank where you are starting…”I would like to hear well when playing cards, or when out to dinner”…that ranking is evaluated again at 30 days post fitting and any difficult areas are worked on further. Your hearing aid fitting is only a starting place.

Attitude is the key to being successful with your new hearing aid. Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive attitude do better with hearing aids. If you, as well as your spouse or family, approach your hearing aid fitting with a positive outlook (knowing that it may take some time to get used to the sounds you were missing) you will have a much better listening experience. Sometimes a successful hearing aid fitting takes a little extra practice. That’s where Sharon’s ability to teach you listening strategies or the use of the LACE rehab program becomes a part of your treatment plan.

Meet your Audiologist

Hi, I'm Sharon!

elkhart audiologist My foundation in faith and family has allowed me to face challenges and grow into an expert in hearing health care. I have immediate family in Elkhart, Indianapolis, Jimtown, Middlebury...
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Elkhart Audiology Rehab
663 CR 17, Ste.1
Elkhart, IN 46516
(574) 262-EARS (3277)

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Hours

Please call ahead for an appointment reserved just for you!

Monday: 1pm to 6pm
Tuesday: 8am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am-4:30pm
Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am-Noon