4 Errors New Hearing Aid Owners Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Man adjusting to new hearing aids by adjusting volume on his smartphone.

You’ve put off far too long but you finally bought a pair of hearing aids. Taking the first step to better your life is an awesome accomplishment. 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.

There are other considerations besides just caring for your hearing. Your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you don’t do and your device will be less useful. 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. Putting in Your Hearing Aids Right After You Buy Them

Without taking the time to learn the basics of how your hearing aids function and checking out the features that come with the brand you purchased you might be disregarding powerful features. If you simply turn on your hearing aids and put them in, it’s likely they won’t work efficiently. Bluetooth and noise filters are some of the best features that you may also miss.

You can practice adjusting the hearing aid and figure out how to get the best sound quality by being patient and reading the documentation.

You will already have a basic understanding of what your hearing aids can do by the time you purchase them. Now, spend some time learning how to use them.

2. Consider The Adjustment Period

Your eyes need to adjust to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get a new pair of glasses. There is also an adjustment period with hearing aids. High quality sound in a new hearing aid does not happen by magic. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

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

After you put them in leave them in. Frequently, new users have an urge to keep taking them out. That urge needs to be resisted. If you are not comfortable, think about why.

  • 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. By doing this, you can balance out the sound by making adjustments.
  • 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..
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you need to turn down the volume.

The biggest mistake you can make is giving up. Your hearing aids won’t do any good thrown in a drawer and forgotten about.

3. When You First Get 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 honest about what you can and can’t hear at the hearing exam at the audiologist, that’s an issue. You may end up with hearing aids that aren’t the correct ones for your level or type of hearing loss. Some hearing aids amplify a high-frequency sound by design as an example. If you have a tough time hearing mid or low tones, these are not the right hearing aids for you.

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

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

Most retailers do free fittings so makes sure to find one of them when you purchase your hearing aids. They won’t work if they are too big for your ears.

4. Neglected Maintenance

Successful upkeep of your hearing aids begins with knowing how and when to do it. Even if you’ve used hearing aids in the past you need to take the time to learn how to care for your new device.

There are some things you shouldn’t do with your hearing aids in such as using hair care products with them in or taking them out without turning them off so read your documentation.

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

Understand exactly how to clean your hearing aids since that’s a big part of effective maintenance. The hearing aid is not the only thing that requires cleaning. You also have to properly clean your ears.

If you want to get the most from your hearing aids, the ball is in your court. The process begins as you are shopping for them and proceeds when you begin using them. Schedule a hearing test with a hearing professional to learn what kind of hearing aid will work best for you.

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