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

You’ve purchased a set of new hearing aids. Taking the first step to improve your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology such as modern hearing aids. With hearing aids the list is significant even though it’s not very long.

It’s not only about caring for your hearing aids, either. The things you fail to do can make the hearing aid less useful or slow your adjustment time. Now learn from the mistakes 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

Without taking the time to understand the basics of how your hearing aids work and exploring the features that come with the brand you bought you may be ignoring powerful features. If you simply turn on your hearing aids and put them in, it’s likely they won’t work efficiently. You might also lose out on the best features such as Bluetooth and noise filters.

You can learn how to get the cleanest sound quality and practice the various adjustments that improve the hearing aid’s function if you just slow down and study the included documentation.

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

2. Consider The Adjustment Period

Every time you get new glasses, your eyes require time to adapt to the change in the lenses or the shape of the frame. The same goes for hearing aids. Many new hearing aid owners believe they will automatically enjoy this magical new sound quality. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

There is an adaptation period your ears will need if you are new to hearing aids. Adjusting to new hearing aids as quickly as possible is all about consistency.

Once you’ve put them in leave them in. You should resist the urge to keep removing them. If you are uncomfortable, consider why.

  • Take out the hearing aid if it gets uncomfortable for short intervals. Go back to the retailer and have your hearing aids inspected if they don’t really fit properly..
  • Is the sound too loud? Maybe you should turn down the volume.
  • 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 and talk with a friend. Ask if you are talking too loud. In this way, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.

The worst mistake you can make is to give up. If you just forget about your hearing aids, shoving them in a drawer somewhere, they will do you no good.

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

There is a lot involved in finding the correct hearing aids, and it begins before you even start shopping. If you are not honest about what you can and can’t hear at the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s an issue. You could end up with hearing aids that aren’t right 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 tones, these are not the ideal hearing aids for you.

In some cases, hearing aids may not seem to fit your lifestyle. Maybe 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 wanted your hearing aids to do something different or when it seemed like they didn’t work correctly. You can go back and discuss those concerns with your hearing care technician. You might need a different type of device or you might just need an adjustment.

When you get your hearing aids be certain to find a seller that does free fittings. They won’t work if they are too big for your ears.

4. Neglected Maintenance

At times inadequate upkeep is merely a question of not understanding when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Take the time to learn how to care for your new device even if you’ve worn hearing aids before.

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

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

Keeping it clean is a big part of Taking care of hearing aids, so be sure to understand all the hows and whys. Don’t stop at only cleaning the device, either. Find out what the maker advises for cleaning your ears, too.

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

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