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New Hearing Aid Owners Can Make 4 Mistakes, Here’s How to Prevent Them

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You’ve purchased a set of new hearing aids. Great job taking the first step to enhance your life. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology such as modern hearing aids. It’s not a long list when it comes to hearing aids, but it is an important one.

Taking care of your hearing is not the only thing to consider. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. It’s time to learn from the mistakes other people in your shoes have made; think about these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

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 bought you might be ignoring powerful features. More than likely, your hearing aids won’t work efficiently if you simply turn them on and start wearing them. You might also miss out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can ascertain how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on the different configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function if you just slow down and read the included documentation.

When you pick your hearing aids you will have a general understanding of what they can do. Now, spend some time learning how to use them.

2. Disregard the Adjustment Factor

Your eyes need to adjust to the change in the lenses and the shape of the frame when you get a new pair of glasses. There is also an adaptation period when it comes to hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. It doesn’t work that way.

Your ears will need a couple days to adapt to what is a massive change, especially if you’ve never worn hearing aids in the past. Quick adjustment is all about consistent use.

Leave them in place once you’ve put them in. At first, you might have to fight the urge to take them out every few minutes. 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 with a friend and talk. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • Take the hearing aid out if it gets uncomfortable for short intervals. If the hearing aids just don’t really fit right, go back to the seller and have them examined.
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you need to turn the volume down.

Don’t make a huge mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you stuff your hearing aids in a drawer and forget about them, they will do you no good.

3. When You First Get Your Hearing Aid, Have it Fitted

There is a lot involved in finding the proper hearing aids, and it begins before you even start shopping. While at your hearing test at the audiologist, it’s important to be honest about what you can and can’t hear. You might wind 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 for example. If your hearing loss interferes with your ability to hear mid-range or low sounds, the hearing aids won’t work right for you.

Your lifestyle, in certain cases may not seem well suited to hearing aids. Perhaps you spend a lot of your day on the phone, so you will need hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, take note of the times where you wished your hearing aids did something different or when it seemed like they didn’t function right. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing aid technician. It could just take an adjustment, or maybe you require a different type of device.

Make sure you purchase your hearing aids from a retailer that does fittings, too. If they are too big for your ears they won’t work properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

Sometimes poor upkeep is simply a matter of not knowing when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Take the time to understand how to take care of your new device even if you’ve used hearing aids before.

After you get the hearing aids, Take a close look at at the warning signs listed in the user manual such as using hair care products with your hearing aids in or not turning them off when you remove it.

Always, read the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

A big part of taking care of hearing aids is cleaning so be certain to understand how to do it. Don’t stop at only cleaning the device, either. Find out what the manufacturer recommends for cleaning your ears, too.

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 using them. Get a hearing test with a hearing specialist to find out what type of hearing aid will work best for you.

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