Hearing Helpers - Rockford, IL

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You’ve got a pair of new hearing aids. Taking the first step to enhance your life is an awesome accomplishment. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology like modern hearing aids. The list with hearing aids is not huge, but it’s a significant one.

It’s not just about taking care of your hearing aids, either. Your adjustment time will be delayed by the things you fail to do and your device will be less useful. Others in your situation have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do should be taken into consideration.

1. Putting in Your Hearing Aids Right After You Buy Them

If you don’t explore the features that come with the brand you purchased and take the time to learn the basics of how your device works you could be missing powerful features. If you just turn on your hearing aids and start wearing them, more than likely they won’t work efficiently. You may also lose out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can learn how to get the clearest sound quality and work on the various configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function if you merely slow down and read the users manual.

You will already have a general idea of what your hearing aids can do when you purchase them. Now, spend some time learning how to use them.

2. Underestimate the Adjustment Factor

Your eyes need to adapt to the difference 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. High quality sound in a new hearing aid does not happen by magic. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

If you haven’t ever worn hearing aids, it’s a big change and your ears will need some time to adjust. Adapting to your new hearing aids quickly is all about consistency.

After you put them in leave them in. At first, you may need to fight the urge to remove them every few minutes. Ask yourself why you might be uncomfortable.

  • If it is uncomfortable, take the hearing aid out for short intervals until you get used to it. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids inspected if they don’t really fit properly..
  • Are you overwhelmed by the background noise? 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 them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you need to turn the volume down.

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

3. When You First Buy 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. While at your hearing exam at the audiologist, it’s important to tell the truth about what you can and can’t hear. Hearing aids that aren’t right for your type or level of hearing loss can be the result. For instance, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. If you have a tough time hearing mid or low tones, these are not the ideal hearing aids for you.

Your lifestyle, in some cases may not seem well suited to hearing aids. Perhaps you spend a lot of your day talking on the phone, so you will want 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 wanted your hearing aids to do something different or when it seemed like they didn’t function correctly. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing aid technician. You might need a different type of device or you could just need an adjustment.

When you buy your hearing aids be sure to go to a retailer that does free fittings. If they’re too big for your ears they won’t function properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

At times inadequate upkeep is merely a question of not knowing when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Take the time to figure out how to care for your hearing aids even if this isn’t your first rodeo.

There are some things you shouldn’t do when you have your hearing aids in like using hair products when you have them in or removing them without turning them off so read your documentation.

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

Understand exactly how to clean your hearing aids as that’s an important part of good maintenance. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. Correctly cleaning your ears is important too.

It’s up to you to make sure you get the most from your new hearing aids. It’s an ongoing process from shopping to use. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to find out what kind of hearing aid will work best for you.

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