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

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You’ve got a set of new hearing aids. Congrats, it’s an excellent start to maximizing the quality of your life. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology like modern hearing aids. Concerning hearing aids the list is significant even though it’s not very long.

Caring for your hearing isn’t the only consideration. The things you fail to do can make the hearing aid less useful or slow down your adjustment time. Others in your shoes have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do need to be taken into consideration.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

Without taking the time to learn the basics of how your hearing aids work 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, more than likely they won’t work efficiently. You might also miss out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

On the other hand, if you simply slow it down somewhat and read the documentation that came with the device, you can learn how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on various adjustments that improve the hearing aid’s function.

When you pick your hearing aids you will have a basic understanding of what they can do. Now you have to figure out how to use and that which takes a little patients.

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Your eyes need to adjust to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get new glasses. This is also true for hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. That’s not how it works.

There is an adjustment period your ears will require if you’re new to wearing hearing aids. Consistency is the key to adjusting quickly to new hearing aids.

Put them in your ear and don’t keep taking them out. Often, new users feel an urge to keep taking them out. That urge should be resisted. Ask yourself why you might be uncomfortable.

  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Go to a quiet place for a few minutes when you first put them in each day. Sit and talk with a friend. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • If it is uncomfortable, take out the hearing aids for short time periods until you get used to it. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids examined if they don’t really fit right..
  • Is the noise too loud? Perhaps you should turn the volume down.

The most substantial mistake you can make is giving up. Your hearing aids will do you no good shoved in a drawer and forgotten.

3. Neglect Getting a Professional Fitting Upfront

There is a lot involved in finding the correct hearing aids, and it begins before you even start looking. When you are at the audiologist, if you are not honest about what you can and what you can’t hear at your test, 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. For example, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. If your hearing loss interferes with your ability to hear mid-range or low tones, the hearing aids won’t work right for you.

Your lifestyle, in some cases may not seem well compatible with hearing aids. If you have to be on your phone allot you will need to get a hearing aid with Bluetooth technology.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, write down the times where you wanted your hearing aids to do something different or when it felt like they didn’t function correctly. You can go back and talk about those concerns with your hearing aid technician. An adjustment may be required or you may possibly need a different device.

Make sure to get your hearing aids from a seller that does fittings, too. They can’t be too big for your ears or they won’t work properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

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

After you buy your hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the documentation like using hair care products with your hearing aids in or failing to turn them off when you remove it.

Also, read the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

A big part of caring for hearing aids is cleaning so be certain to know how to do it. The hearing aid is not the only thing that requires cleaning. Correctly cleaning your ears is important too.

If you want to get the most from your hearing aids, it’s up to you. The process starts as you are shopping for them and proceeds when you start using them. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to learn what type of hearing aid will best fit your needs.

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