Hearing Health Blog

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You’ve waited far too long but you finally bought a pair of hearing aids. Good job taking the first step to better 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 when it comes to hearing aids, but it is a significant one.

Taking care of your hearing is not the only consideration. The things you fail to do can make the hearing aid less useful or slow your adjustment time. Others in your shoes have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do should be taken into consideration.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

Without spending some time to understand the basics of how your hearing aids work and checking out the features that come with the brand you bought you might be ignoring powerful features. If you just turn on your hearing aids and start wearing them, more than likely they won’t work efficiently. Bluetooth and noise filters are some of the best features that you may also lose out on.

On the other hand, if you slow it down a bit and read the included documentation, you can determine how to attain the cleanest sound quality and practice various adjustments that maximize the hearing aid’s function.

You will already have a basic understanding of what your hearing aids can do by the time you purchase them. Now you need to figure out how to use and that which takes a little patients.

2. Disregard the Adjustment Factor

Your eyes need to adjust to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get a new pair of glasses. The same goes for hearing aids. High quality sound in a new hearing aid does not happen by magic. It doesn’t work that way.

If you haven’t ever worn hearing aids, it’s a big change and your ears will require some time to adjust. Quick adaptation is all about consistent use.

Leave them in your ear once you’ve put them in. Often, new users have an urge to keep removing them. That urge needs to be resisted. Think about why you might be uncomfortable.

  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Spend a few minutes in a quiet place each day when you first put them in. Sit down with a friend and talk. Ask them if you are talking too loud. In this way, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.
  • Take out the hearing aid when it gets uncomfortable for short periods. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids inspected if they don’t seem to fit properly..
  • Is the noise too loud? Maybe you need to turn down the volume.

Giving up is the worst mistake you can make. If you 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

There is a lot involved in finding the correct hearing aids, and it begins before you even start looking. If you are not telling the truth about what you can and can’t hear during the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s an issue. You could end up with hearing aids that aren’t the correct ones for your level or type of hearing loss. Some hearing aids pick up a high-frequency sound by design for example. If your hearing loss impedes your ability to hear mid-range or low sounds, the hearing aids won’t work right for you.

Your lifestyle, in many cases may not seem well suited to hearing aids. Bluetooth technology is a feature that you will need if you use a phone allot.

Make a note of when you wish your hearing aid did something different or when they aren’t working correctly while you are still in the trial period. You can go back to the hearing care technician and talk about those issues. It might just take an adjustment, or perhaps you require a different type of device.

When you buy your hearing aids be sure to go to a seller that does free fittings. If they are too big for your ears they won’t work properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

Understanding when and how to maintain your hearing aids are the keys to success. Take the time to learn how to care for your new device even if you’ve used hearing aids before.

After you get your hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the user manual like using hair products with your hearing aids in or failing to turn them off when you take it out.

Additionally, study the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

Understand exactly how to clean your hearing aids since that’s an important part of effective maintenance. Don’t stop at just cleaning the device, either. Find out what the maker recommends for cleaning your ears, too.

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

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