Cedar Audiology Associates - Cleveland, OH

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You’ve waited far too long but you finally bought a pair of hearing aids. Taking the first step to enhance your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. There is a good deal to understand when you purchase new technology like 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 simply about taking care of your hearing aids, either. Your adjustment time will be delayed by the things you don’t 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 need to be taken into consideration.

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

Without taking the time to understand the basics of how your hearing aids function and exploring the features that come with the brand you purchased you may be disregarding powerful features. If you simply turn on your hearing aids and start wearing them, more than likely they won’t work efficiently. Bluetooth and noise filters are some of the best features that you may also miss out on.

Conversely, if you simply slow it down somewhat and read the included documentation, you can determine how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on various adjustments that maximize the hearing aid’s function.

You will already have a basic understanding of what your hearing aids can do by the time you purchase them. It will take a little more time but you have to learn how to operate them properly.

2. Take Into Consideration The Adjustment Period

Your eyes need to adjust to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get new glasses. This is also true when it comes to hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. It doesn’t work that way.

Your ears will need a couple days to adapt to what is a significant change, especially if you’ve never worn hearing aids in the past. Quick adjustment is all about consistent use.

Leave them in your ear once you’ve put them in. At first, you might have to fight the urge to remove them every few minutes. Consider why you might be uncomfortable.

  • 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 and talk with a friend. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • Until you get used to it, take out the hearing aids when it gets uncomfortable. Go back to the retailer and have your hearing aids inspected if they don’t seem to fit right..
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you need to turn down the volume.

Giving up is the biggest mistake you can make. 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

Finding 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 be honest about what you can and can’t hear. Hearing aids that aren’t The right ones for your type or level of hearing loss can be the result. Some hearing aids amplify a high-frequency sound by design as an example. If you have a tough time hearing mid or low tones, these are not the ideal hearing aids for you.

In some cases, hearing aids might not seem to fit your lifestyle. Bluetooth technology is a feature that you will need if you use a phone allot.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, take note of the times where you wished your hearing aids did something different or when it seemed like they didn’t function correctly. Your hearing care technician can discuss that with you if you take them back. An adjustment might be needed or you may possibly need a different device.

Be sure you get your hearing aids from a retailer that does fittings, too. They can’t be too big for your ears or they won’t function properly.

4. Careless Maintenance

Often inadequate maintenance is simply 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 take care of your hearing aids even if this isn’t your first rodeo.

There are things you don’t want to do when you have your hearing aids in such as using hair care products with them in or removing them without turning them off so read your documentation.

Also, study the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

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 quit at only cleaning the device, either. Find out what the manufacturer advises for cleaning your ears, too.

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

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