What you will find on this page
- Learn what questions to ask your audiologist
- Know what to expect on fitting day and beyond
- Connect with others who have been there to get support and hear their stories
As your first Baha programming appointment approaches, you’ll probably feel nervous and excited. To help you prepare for the big day, we've put together a list of questions to ask your audiologist about what to expect on fitting day and beyond.
Questions to ask about fitting and beyond
- What happens during the appointment?
- What does getting fitted (programmed) feel like?
- 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 to adjust to the new sound?
- How do I put on my device?
- How does my device work?
- What tips do you have for using my new sound processor?
- How often will I need to charge/change the batteries?
- Can I go swimming/take a shower right away?
- How do I store/care for my device?
- What resources 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?
What usually happens on fitting day?
Your audiologist will walk you through the components of your sound processor and possible some of the accessories. The audiologist will fine tune your settings on your sound processor. You will start by listening to a series of beeps and then finally the voices of the audiologist and loved ones with you.
Your brain may need time to adjust, or you may begin to recognize the sounds you had been missing.
What to expect after your sound processor is turned on
Over the next several months after your first programming, you will most likely have a series of appointments with the audiologist to adjust and fine tune the sound processor's programs to help ensure optimal hearing performance. You may find that some sounds are louder than others, this is expected but make sure to let your audiologist know if you are comfortable.
You will also need to follow the guidelines provided for care and maintenance, which vary based on device. We offer many "how to" videos, and our Customer Service team can help answer questions you may have.
Just as with any surgery, rehabilitation will be critical to your hearing progress and success. You will need to practice listening and speaking as much as possible. Please keep in mind that progress may take some time, but persistence and consistency can help a great deal. That’s why we offer robust and easy-to-use rehabilitation programs through The Communication Corner that can be tailored to your needs at every learning level.