9 Mistakes Every New Hearing Aid Owner Makes

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Congratulations! You’ve just become the proud owner of hearing aids – an incredible piece of modern technology. But, just like with any new device, there will be things that hearing aid owners wish somebody had told them.

Let’s go over nine typical mistakes new hearing aid owners make and how you can steer clear of them.

1. Failing to understand hearing aid functionality

To put it simply, learn your hearing aid’s features. It most likely has unique features that significantly enhance the hearing experience in different environments such as restaurants, movie theaters, or walking down the street.

It may be able to sync wirelessly to your smartphone, TV, or stereo. Additionally, it might have a special setting that helps you hear on the phone.

If you use this sophisticated technology in such a basic way, without understanding these features, you can easily become stuck in a rut. Modern hearing aids do more than simply increase the volume of outside sounds.

In order to get the clearest and best sound quality, take some time to practice using the hearing aid in different places. Ask a family member or friend to help you so you can check how well you can hear.

Like anything new, it will get easier after a bit of practice. Simply turning the volume up and down won’t even come close to providing the hearing experience that using these more advanced features will.

2. Expecting immediate improvement in your hearing

It’s not uncommon for a new hearing aid users to think that their hearing will be perfect from day one. This assumption is usually not how it works. It normally takes up to a month for most new users to get comfortable with their new hearing aids. But stay positive. They also say it’s really worth it.

Give yourself a few days, after getting home, to get used to your new experience. It won’t be that much different than breaking in new shoes. Usually, you will need to go slow and use your new hearing aids a little at a time.

Start in a calm setting with a friend where you are only talking. It can be a bit disorienting at first because people’s voices might sound different. Ask about your own voice volume and make 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 lots of great hearing experiences to look forward to.

3. Being untruthful about your degree of hearing loss at your hearing assessment

In order to be sure you get the proper hearing aid technology, it’s essential to answer any questions we may ask truthfully.

If you have your hearing aid and realize that perhaps you weren’t as honest as you may have been, come back and ask to be retested. Getting it right the first time is easier. The hearing aid type and style that will be best for you will be determined by the level and kind of hearing loss you’re experiencing.

For example, certain hearing aids are better for people with hearing loss in the high-frequency range. People who have mid-range hearing loss will need different technology and etc.

4. Neglecting to have your hearing aid fitted

Your hearing aids need to manage a few requirements at once: They need to effectively amplify sound, they need to be easy to put in and remove, and they need to be comfortable in your ears. Your hearing aid fitting is intended to correctly calibrate all three of those factors for your individual requirements.

When you’re getting fitted, you may:

  • Undergo hearing tests to calibrate the appropriate power for your hearing aid.
  • Have your ears precisely measured or have molds made (or both).

5. Not tracking your results

After you’ve been fitted, it’s important to take notes on how your hearing aid feels and performs. If you have problems hearing in big rooms, make a note of that. Make a note if one ear seems tighter than the other. Even make a note if everything feels great. With this knowledge, we can customize the settings of your hearing aid so it functions at peak efficiency and comfort.

6. Not planning how you will use your hearing aid ahead of time

Water-resistant hearing aids are available. However, water can seriously damage others. Perhaps you take pleasure in certain activities and you are willing to pay extra for more advanced features.

You might ask our opinion but the choice must be yours. Only you know which advanced features you’ll actually use and that’s worth investing in because if the hearing aids don’t work with your lifestyle you won’t wear them.

You’ll be wearing your hearing aid for a long time. So if you really need certain functions, you don’t want to settle for less.

A few more things to think about

  • Maybe you want a high level of automation. Or maybe you like having more control over the volume. How much battery life will you need?
  • How obvious your hearing aid is might be something you’re worried about. Or, you might want to make a bold statement.
  • To be entirely satisfied, discuss these preferences before your fitting.

Many issues that arise with regards to fit, lifestyle, and how you use your hearing aids can be addressed through the fitting process. Also, you may be able to try out your hearing aids before you commit to a purchase. This demo period will help you determine which brand will be best for your needs.

7. Not properly maintaining your hearing aids

Moisture is a real issue for most hearing aids. If where you live is very humid, acquiring a dehumidifier may be worth the investment. It’s a bad idea to keep your hearing aid in the bathroom where everyone showers.

Before you touch your hearing aid or its battery, be sure to clean your hands. Oils found naturally on your hand can effect how well the hearing aid works and the life of the batteries.

The hearing aid shouldn’t be allowed to collect 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 basic steps.

8. Failing to have a spare set of batteries

New hearing aid users frequently learn this concept at the worst times. All of a sudden, while you’re watching your favorite show, your batteries die just as you’re about to discover “who done it”.

Your battery life depends, like any electronic device, on the external environment and how you use it. So always keep an extra set of batteries nearby, even if you recently changed them. Don’t miss something important because of an unpredictable battery.

9. Not practicing your hearing exercises

When you first purchase your hearing aids, there might be an assumption, and it’s not necessarily a baseless assumption, that your hearing aid will do all the heavy lifting. But it’s not only your ears that are affected by hearing loss, it’s also the parts of your brain responsible for interpreting all those sounds.

You can start to work on rebuilding those ear-to-brain connections once you get your new hearing aids. This might occur quite naturally for some individuals, particularly if the hearing loss was rather recent. But for other people, an intentional strategy might be necessary to get your hearing back to normal again. A couple of common strategies include the following.

Reading out loud

Reading out loud is one of the best ways to rebuild those pathways between your ears and your brain. Even if you feel a bit weird initially you should still practice like this. You’re practicing reconnecting the experience of saying words with the sounds they make. Your hearing will get better and better as you continue practicing.

Audiobooks

You can always use audiobooks if reading out loud isn’t appealing to you. 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. This will train the language parts of your brain to understand speech again.

Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK10900/

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.