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

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

Finally, you bought a pair of hearing aids. Well done, it’s a good 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. It’s not a huge list when it comes to hearing aids, but it is an important one.

It’s not only about taking care of your hearing aids, either. The things you fail to do will make the hearing aid less useful or slow your adjustment time. Others in your situation 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 spending some time to understand the basics of how your hearing aids function and checking out the features that come with the brand you purchased you may be disregarding powerful features. Chances are if you simply turn on your new hearing aid and put them right in, they won’t work efficiently for you. You might also lose out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can practice fine-tuning the hearing aid and determine how to obtain the best sound quality by slowing down a bit and reading the documentation.

you’ll have a basic idea of what your hearing aids can do when you buy them. Now you have to figure out how to use and that which takes a little patients.

2. Consider The Adjustment Period

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 with hearing aids. Many new hearing aid owners believe they will automatically enjoy this magical new sound quality. That’s not how it works.

Your ears will need a couple days to adapt to what is a huge change, particularly if you’ve never worn hearing aids before. Adapting to new hearing aids quickly is all about consistency.

After you put them in leave them in. Usually, new users have an urge to keep taking them out. That urge needs to be ignored. Ask yourself why you might be uncomfortable.

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

Don’t make a big mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you shove your hearing aids in a drawer and forget about them, they won’t do you any good.

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. While at your hearing exam at the audiologist, it’s important to tell the truth about what you can and can’t hear. You could 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 instance. These are not the right hearing aids for you if you don’t hear mid or low tones.

In many situations, hearing aids may not seem to fit your lifestyle. Perhaps you spend a lot of your day on the phone, so you will need to get hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, write down 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 to the hearing care technician and discuss those problems. An adjustment might be required or you may need a different device.

Be sure to purchase 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. Sloppy Maintenance

Successful upkeep of your hearing aids begins with knowing how and when to do it. Take the time to learn how to care for your hearing aids even if this isn’t your first rodeo.

After you get your hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the user manual including using hair products with your hearing aids in or not turning them off when you remove it.

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

A big part of caring for hearing aids is cleaning so be certain that you understand how to do it. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. See what the manufacturer recommends for cleaning your ears, too.

If you want to get the most out of your hearing aids, it’s up to you. It’s an ongoing process from shopping to use. Get a hearing test with a hearing specialist to learn what type of hearing aid will work best for you.

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