Hearing Health Blog

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You’ve bought a set of new hearing aids. Congrats, it’s an excellent start to enhancing the quality of your life. Modern hearing aids are newer technology and there are things you should learn to do and things that you should learn not to do. The list with hearing aids is not huge, but it’s an important one.

Caring for your hearing is not the only consideration. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. Others in your situation have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do should be taken into consideration.

1. Putting in Your Hearing Aids Right After You Buy Them

Without spending some time to learn the basics of how your hearing aids work and exploring the features that come with the brand you purchased you might be disregarding powerful features. More than likely, your hearing aids won’t work effectively if you simply turn them on and start wearing them. You may also miss out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

On the other hand, if you simply slow it down a bit and read the documentation that came with the device, you can figure out how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on the various configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function.

you will have a general idea of what the hearing aids can accomplish when you pick them. It will take a little more time but you have to learn how to use them properly.

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Anytime you get a new pair of glasses, your eyes need time to adapt to the change in the lenses or the shape of the frame. This is also true when it comes to hearing aids. Some new hearing aid owners think they will instantly experience this fabulous new sound quality. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

Your ears will require a couple days to adapt to what is a significant change, particularly if you haven’t worn hearing aids before. Quick adaptation depends on consistent use.

After you put them in leave them in. At first, you may need to fight the need to take them out every few minutes. Think about why you might be uncomfortable.

  • Are you overwhelmed by the background noise? Spend a few minutes in a quiet place each day when you first put them in. Sit down with a friend and talk. Ask if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • Take out the hearing aid if it gets uncomfortable for short periods. If the hearing aids just don’t seem to fit right, go back to the seller and have them examined.
  • Is the noise too loud? Maybe you need to turn down the volume.

The biggest mistake you can make is to give up. If you just forget about your hearing aids, shoving them in a drawer somewhere, they will do you no good.

3. Have the Hearing Aid Fitted When You First Buy it

Finding the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. While at your hearing test at the audiologist, it’s important to tell the truth about what you can and can’t hear. Hearing aids that aren’t right for your type or level of hearing loss can be the result. For instance, some hearing aids by design amplify a high-frequency sound. These are not the ideal hearing aids for you if you can’t hear mid or low tones.

In some situations, hearing aids may not really fit your lifestyle. If you have to be talking on your phone allot you will need to get a hearing aid with Bluetooth technology.

Take note of when you feel your hearing aids aren’t functioning correctly or you wish they did something different while you’re still in the trial period. You can return to the hearing care technician and discuss those issues. An adjustment may be needed or you may possibly need a different device.

Most retailers do free fittings so makes sure to find one of them when you get your hearing aids. They can’t be too big for your ears or they won’t function properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

At times inadequate maintenance is simply a matter of not understanding when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Even if you’ve used hearing aids before you should take the time to understand how to care for your new device.

There are some things you shouldn’t do with your hearing aids in like using hair products with them in or removing them without turning them off so consult your documentation.

Don’t forget to study the maintenance guide and troubleshooting instructions.

Keeping it clean is a big part of Taking care of hearing aids, so be sure to understand all the hows and whys. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. Properly cleaning your ears is important too.

You have to take the initiative if you want to get the most out of your hearing aids. It’s a continuing process from shopping to use. Schedule an exam with a hearing professional to find out what type of hearing aid will work best for you.

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