You’ve purchased a pair of new hearing aids. Well done, it’s a great start to improving the quality of your life. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology like modern hearing aids. It’s not a long list with hearing aids, but it is an important one.
It’s not only about taking care of your hearing aids, either. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. Now learn from the mistakes other people in your shoes have made; consider these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.
1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear
If you don’t explore the features that come with the brand you purchased and take the time to learn the basics of how your device works you could be ignoring powerful features. Most likely if you simply turn on your new hearing aid and put them right in, they won’t work effectively for you. Bluetooth and noise filters are some of the best features that you may also miss out on.
In contrast, if you simply slow it down a little and read the documentation that came with the device, you can determine how to get the cleanest sound quality and practice the various configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function.
You should have a general understanding of what the hearing aids can accomplish when you purchase them. Now, spend some time learning how to use them.
2. Take Into Consideration The Adjustment Period
Your eyes need to adapt to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get new glasses. The same goes for hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. That’s not how it works.
If you’ve never worn hearing aids before, it’s a big change and your ears will need some time to adapt. Adjusting to new hearing aids quickly is all about consistency.
Leave them in your ear once you’ve put them in. Frequently, new users have an urge to keep taking them out. That urge needs to be ignored. If you are uncomfortable, ask yourself why.
- Until you get used to it, take out the hearing aids when it gets uncomfortable. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids checked if they don’t really fit properly..
- Are you overwhelmed by the background noise? Every day when you first put them in you should go to a quiet place for a few minutes. Sit down with a friend and talk. Ask if you are talking too loud. In this way, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.
- Is the audio too loud? Maybe you should turn down the volume.
Don’t make a big mistake and give up on your hearing aid. Your hearing aids will do you no good thrown in a drawer and forgotten.
3. When You First Buy Your Hearing Aid, Have it Fitted
Getting the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. If you are not telling the truth about what you can and can’t hear at the hearing exam at the audiologist, that’s a problem. You could wind up with hearing aids that aren’t right for your level or type of hearing loss. For instance, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. If you have a tough time hearing mid or low sounds, these are not the best hearing aids for you.
Your lifestyle, in some cases may not seem well suited to hearing aids. Maybe you spend a lot of your day talking on the phone, so you will want hearing aids that have Bluetooth technology.
Take note of when you think your hearing aids aren’t working right or you wish they did something different when you’re still in the trial period. You can go back and talk about those concerns with your hearing care technician. It might just take an adjustment, or perhaps you need a different type of device.
Most retailers do free fittings so makes certain to find one of them when you purchase your hearing aids. If they’re too big for your ears they won’t work properly.
4. Sloppy Maintenance
Understanding when and how to maintain your hearing aids are the keys to success. Even if you’ve had hearing aids in the past you should take the time to understand how to care for your new device.
There are some things you don’t want to do with your hearing aids in like using hair products when you have them in or taking them out without turning them off so consult your documentation.
Also, read the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.
A big part of caring for hearing aids is cleaning so be sure that you know how to do it. Don’t stop at just cleaning the device, either. You also have to correctly clean your ears.
You have to take the initiative if you want to get the most out of your hearing aids. The process starts as you are shopping for them and proceeds when you begin wearing them. Schedule a hearing test with a hearing professional to find out what kind of hearing aid will work best for you.