Congratulations! Modern hearing aids are an impressive piece of technology, and you’ve just become the proud owner of a shiny new pair. But new hearing aid users will wish someone had told them certain things, as with any new technology.
Let’s assess how a new hearing aid owner can eliminate the 9 most common hearing aid mistakes.
1. Neglecting to comprehend hearing aid functionality
Or, more specifically, understand how your hearing aid works. It most likely has unique features that considerably improve the hearing experience in different environments like restaurants, movie theaters, or walking down the street.
Your wireless devices, including smartphones and televisions can probably connect wirelessly to your hearing aids. In addition, it may have a special setting that helps you hear on the phone.
If you use this advanced technology in such a rudimentary way, without learning about these features, you can easily become stuck in a rut. Modern hearing aids do more than simply raise the volume of external sounds.
Practice wearing your hearing aid in different settings in order to learn how to attain the clearest sound quality. Test out how well you hear by getting a friend or family member to assist you.
Like anything new, it will get easier after a little practice. Simply turning the volume up and down won’t even come close to giving you the hearing experience that using these more sophisticated features will.
2. Thinking that your hearing will instantly improve
Consistent with number one, many new hearing aid users think their hearing will be perfect as they walk out of the office. This is an incorrect assumption. It usually takes up to a month for most new users to become comfortable with their new hearing aids. But stay positive. The time you take is well worth it according to those who are diligent.
Give yourself a few days, after you get home, to get used to your new experience. It won’t be that much different than breaking in new shoes. You may need to wear it in short intervals.
Start in a quiet setting with a friend where you’re just talking. It can be somewhat disorienting at first because voices may not sound the same. Ask your friends if you’re speaking too loud and make the required adjustments.
Slowly increase the time you wear your hearing aids and gradually add new places to visit.
Be patient with yourself, and you’ll have countless great hearing experiences to look forward to.
3. Not being truthful about your level of hearing loss during your hearing assessments
Responding honestly to the questions during your hearing exam will ensure you get fitted with the correct hearing aid technology.
Go back and get retested if you realize you may not have been completely honest after you get your hearing aids. Getting it right the first time is easier. The level and type of hearing loss will identify the hearing aid styles that work best for you.
For instance, certain hearing aids are better for individuals with hearing loss in the high-frequency range. People who are dealing with mid-range hearing loss will need different technology and etc.
4. Not getting a hearing aid fitting
There are several requirements that your hearing aids need to simultaneously manage: they need to be comfortable on or in your ears, they need to be simple to put in and take out, and they need to amplify the sounds around you efficiently. Your hearing aid fitting is intended to correctly calibrate all three of those variables for your individual requirements.
During hearing aid fitting sessions, you might:
- Undergo hearing tests to adjust the proper power for your hearing aid.
- Have molds of your ears made and measurements taken.
5. Not tracking your results
It’s important that you take notes on how your hearing aid performs and feels after you get fitted. If you have trouble hearing in big rooms, make a note of that. Make a note if one ear seems tighter than the other. If everything feels right, make a note. This can help us make custom, tiny adjustments to help your hearing aids reach optimum comfort and effectiveness.
6. Not anticipating how you’ll use your hearing aids
Some hearing aids are resistant to water. However, water can significantly damage others. Perhaps you take pleasure in certain activities and you are willing to pay extra for more advanced features.
You can ask our opinion but the choice is yours. Only you know which state-of-the-art features you’ll actually use and that’s worth committing to because if the hearing aids don’t fit in with your lifestyle you won’t use them.
You’ll be wearing your hearing aid for a long time. So if you really need certain features, you don’t want to settle for less.
Some other things to take into consideration
- Speak with us about these things before your fitting so you can be certain you’re totally satisfied.
- Perhaps you want a high degree of automation. Or maybe you like having more control over the volume. How much battery life will you need?
- How noticeable your hearing aid is may be important to you. Or, you might want to make a bold statement.
Throughout the fitting process we can address many of the challenges with regards to lifestyle, fit, and how you use your hearing aids. What’s more, many hearing aid makers will allow you to demo the devices before making a decision. This trial period will help you figure out which brand will be best for your requirements.
7. Failing to take proper care of your hearing aid
Moisture is a serious issue for the majority of hearing aids. You may want to get a dehumidifier if you live in an overly humid location. Keeping your hearing aid in the bathroom where people take baths or showers may not be the best idea.
Before you touch your hearing aid or its battery, be sure to clean your hands. Oils encountered naturally on your hand can effect how well the hearing aid functions and the life of the batteries.
The hearing aid shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate earwax and skin cells. Instead, the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning procedures should be implemented.
The life and function of your hearing aid will be increased by taking these simple steps.
8. Not getting spare batteries
New hearing aid users frequently learn this concept at the worst times. When you’re about to discover who did it at the crucial moment of your favorite show, your batteries die without warning.
Your battery life depends, like any electronic device, on the outside environment and how you use it. So even if you just changed your batteries, keep an extra set with you. Don’t let an unpredictable battery cause you to miss out on something significant.
9. Neglecting your hearing exercises
You may assume that your hearing aids will do all of the work when you first purchase them. But the regions of your brain responsible for interpreting sound are also impacted by hearing loss not only your ears.
Once you get your hearing aids, you’ll be able to start the work of rebuilding some of those ear-to-brain pathways and links. This might take place quite naturally for some individuals, especially if the hearing loss was somewhat recent. But others will need a more focused approach to rebuild their ability to hear. The following are a couple of common strategies.
Reading out loud
One of the most efficient ways you can recreate those connections between your ears and your brain is to spend some time reading out loud. Even if you feel a little strange at first you should still practice like this. You’re doing the important work of connecting the words (which you read) to the sound (which you say). Your hearing will get better and better as you keep practicing.
If you don’t like the idea of reading something out loud personally, then you can always go the audiobook route. You can get a physical copy of the book and an audio copy. Then, you read along with the book as the audiobook plays. You’ll hear a word while you’re reading it just like reading out loud. And that helps the hearing-and-language region of your brain get used to hearing (and making sense of) speech again.