The 4 Most Common Errors Made by New Hearing Aid Owners Can be Prevented
The Hearing Clinic - Scarborough, ON

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 improve your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. There is a good deal to understand when you buy new technology such as modern hearing aids, and that includes the things you shouldn’t do. It’s not a long list with hearing aids, but it is an important one.

It’s not only about taking care of your hearing aids, either. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. Now learn from the mistakes many others in your shoes have made; consider these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

You might be ignoring powerful features if you don’t take some time to learn the basics of how your hearing aid functions and check out the features that come with the brand. It’s likely that your hearing aids won’t work effectively if you simply turn them on and put them in. Bluetooth and noise filters are a few of the best features that you may also miss out on.

You can work on fine-tuning the hearing aid and figure out how to get the best sound quality by slowing down a bit and reading the user manual.

When you pick your hearing aids you will have a general understanding of what they can do. Now you need to learn how to use them which takes a little patients.

2. Take Into Consideration The Adjustment Period

Whenever you get new glasses, your eyes require time to adapt to the difference in the lenses or the shape of the frame. There is also an adjustment period with hearing aids. High quality sound in a new hearing aid does not happen by magic. That’s not how it works.

If you haven’t ever worn hearing aids, it’s a significant difference and your ears will need some time to adapt. Adjusting to your new hearing aids quickly is all about consistency.

Once you’ve put them in leave them in. At first, you may need to fight the need to remove them every few minutes. If you are uncomfortable, consider why.

  • Is the noise too loud? Maybe you need to turn down the volume.
  • If it feels uncomfortable, take the hearing aid out for short time periods until you get used to it. Go back to the retailer and have your hearing aids checked if they don’t seem to fit right..
  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Go to a quiet place for a few minutes when you first put them in each day. Sit with a friend and talk. Ask them if you are talking too loud. By doing this, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.

Giving up is the biggest mistake you can make. Your hearing aids won’t do any good shoved in a drawer and forgotten about.

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

There is a lot involved in finding the right hearing aids, and it begins before you even start shopping. When you’re at the audiologist, if you are not telling the truth about what you can and what you can’t hear at the hearing exam, 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 pick up a high-frequency sound by design for instance. If you have a hard time hearing mid or low sounds, these are not the ideal hearing aids for you.

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

Take note of when you think your hearing aids aren’t working right or you wish they did something different while you’re still in the trial period. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing care technician. An adjustment may be needed or you may need a different device.

When you buy your hearing aids make sure to go to a seller that does free fittings. They won’t work right if they are too big for your ears.

4. Poor Maintenance

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

There are things you don’t want to do when you have your hearing aids in like using hair care products with them in or taking them out without turning them off so consult your documentation.

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

A big part of taking care of hearing aids is cleaning so be sure to understand how to do it. Don’t quit at just cleaning the device, either. Find out what the maker suggests for cleaning your ears, too.

If you want to get the most out of your hearing aids, the ball is in your court. The process begins as you are shopping for them and continues when you start using them. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to learn what kind of hearing aid will work best for you.

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