What you'll find on this page
- Questions to ask audiologist.
- What to expect on fitting day and beyond.
It's normal for individuals to feel nervous and excited as they get ready for their bone conduction solution fitting.
The fitting process will be similar whether an individual has an Osia® System or a Baha® System. At the first appointment, an audiologist will fit the sound processor and program it.
Here's a list of questions for adults to ask their audiologist to help them know what to expects for themselves or their child.
- What happens during my appointment?
- What will it feel like when fitting my sound processor?
- Will I hear right away?
- How will it sound? Will it sound just like I remembered, or will it sound mechanical or high-pitched?
- How long will it take for me to adjust to the new sound?
- How do I put on my sound processor?
- How does my sound processor and implant work?
- What tips do you have for using my new sound processor?
- How often will I need to charge or change the batteries?
- How do I store and care for my device?
- What resources and activities do you recommend for rehabilitation?
- What happens if my hearing changes over time?
- Is there a network of hearing implant recipients in our community? Can you put me in touch with them?
- How often should I see the audiologist for follow-ups?
What usually happens on fitting day?
An audiologist will fit and program the sound processor a few weeks after the surgery. It's typically a simple and quick process.
An audiologist will connect the sound processor to the programming software and place the sound processor on recipient's head. After the feedback test is performed the recipients will be able to hear sound through the sound processor for the first time.
An audiologist will program the sound processor to meet recipient's individual needs. The professional can set specific listening programs for different hearing situations, such as quiet or noisy environments.
Your new hearing device is then ready to go.
What to expect after the sound processor is turned on
When the sound processor is turned on, all the new sounds can seem a little overwhelming for the recipient at first – it will take some time to adjust and get used to the new sounds.
Initially, one's hearing may feel different. Generally, within a few weeks of taking in all sorts of different sounds, the brain will adapt and recipient's hearing will start to feel more natural.
Recipients are advised to follow the guidelines for care and maintenance for their device. We offer many how-to videos, and our customer service team can help answer any questions they might have.
This material is intended for health professionals. If you are a consumer, please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.
Views expressed are those of the individual. Consult your health professional to determine if you are a candidate for Cochlear technology.