Hearing Aid Fine Tuning for Seniors in Singapore

Your hearing aid journey is a personal one as everyone will have different needs and preferences.

Besides your hearing consultation, a hearing aid trial and fitting session is also necessary to ensure that your hearing aids are working well and are comfortable to use. To help you know what to expect, we have outlined the process of getting hearing aids below.

Step 1: Consulting a professional before the hearing aid trial and fitting

A professional audiologist or hearing care consultant will talk with you to understand your medical history and conduct a detailed hearing test to evaluate the degree of your hearing loss. You can also ask them any questions you may have on the basics of how hearing works.

Based on the assessment results, we will recommend to you the type of hearing aid that will best suit you depending on your hearing loss, lifestyle, preferences for technological features, and budget. At this stage, you’ll also be briefed on how hearing aids work, so you can operate them efficiently.

Addressing one’s hearing difficulties and ensuring their hearing aids fit well is an important part of the hearing treatment. We hope that family members and caregivers will join in for the consultation and hearing aid fitting process to provide support for individuals, especially seniors, going through the hearing aid journey.

Step 2: Going through the trial experience of hearing aid fitting and fine tuning

During the hearing aid fitting and trial period, you will have the opportunity to test your hearing aids. This is to let you experience how your hearing aid device improves your hearing in your everyday surroundings, and also track any difficulties that may arise.

Our team will be there with you throughout your hearing aid fitting adjustments and fine-tuning sessions .

We will also provide educational materials to the elderly and their families during the hearing aid fitting and trial period. This will include information on hearing aid device care, maintenance, and adjustment, which you can refer to with ease at home.

Step 3: Final Hearing Aid Fitting and Customisation

Once you have chosen your hearing aids at the end of your trial, you will be fitted with a new device in your next appointment with us. The audiologist or hearing care consultant will also address any concerns you may have. In future, follow-up appointments will be required once every few months to ensure your hearing aid is functioning as desired, and to check if you need to replace your hearing aids.

We also have various fitting options such as custom-made ear pieces or ear moulds for different hearing profiles. These options include different hearing aid styles, colours and additional technological features.

Types of Hearing Aids

Most hearing aids nowadays are discreet, with the more advanced ones possessing user-friendly technological features. There are various types of hearing aids, namely the Receiver in the Canal (RIC), Completely Inside the Canal (CIC), Inside the Canal (ITC), Inside the Ear (ITE) and Behind the Ear (BTE) models. Each type caters to different levels of hearing loss and offers unique benefits ranging from cosmetic appeal to performance features.

It is important to test out the hearing aids during the trial and fitting period, and make any fine tuning required.

What’s next after hearing aid trial and fitting?

Follow these tips to maximise the lifespan of your hearing aid batteries:

  • Always switch off your hearing aids before removing the batteries.
  • Remove the batteries if you have not been using your hearing aids for a long period of time.
  • Do not store your batteries in places where they will be exposed to high heat (above 50 degrees Celsius) such as inside the car under the sun.

We can repair hearing aids of most brands and styles for a fixed fee. We also offer 1-for-1 replacements for faulty Starkey hearing aids that still have their warranty valid.

Keeping your hearing aids clean of earwax and moisture can make them longer lasting and prevent temporary malfunctions. We have hearing aid accessories available to help maintain your hearing aids, such as cleaning and dehumidifying tools.

If you still have questions after the trial and fitting of your hearing aid, you can look through our resources for quick and helpful information on hearing aid care and maintenance.

Frequently Asked Questions

A hearing aid trial and fitting appointment typically lasts between one to two hours. During the fitting, the audiologist or hearing care consultant will fine tune the hearing aids to your specific hearing loss profile and provide you with essential guidance on their use and care.

If you have any current hearing aids, please bring them along to your hearing aid fitting appointment. You can also bring along any results of recent hearing tests and note down a list of situations where you find hearing particularly challenging.

Additionally, it will be helpful to have a family member or caregiver accompany you for support and to assist in understanding the instructions and information provided.

Yes, multiple fittings and/or fine tuning may be necessary after receiving your hearing aids. This is because your hearing and comfort with the devices may change over time, hence some hearing aid tuning is needed to ensure your hearing aids are optimised for your needs.

To care for and maintain your hearing aids after the fitting appointment, regularly clean them with a soft, dry cloth, avoid exposure to moisture and extreme temperatures, and replace batteries or recharge them as needed. It is also important to keep them in a safe, dry place when not in use.

If you experience discomfort or difficulties with your hearing aids after the fitting, contact us as soon as possible. We will get an audiologist or hearing care consultant to help adjust the fit and make fine tuning where necessary.