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

At last, you got a set of hearing aids. Congratulations, it’s a good start to bettering the quality of your life. There is a good deal to understand when you invest in new technology such as modern hearing aids, and that includes the things you shouldn’t do. With hearing aids the list is important even though it’s short.

It’s not only about taking care of your hearing aids, either. Your adjustment time will be slowed 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 need to be taken into consideration.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

If you don’t check out the features that are included with the brand you bought and take the time to learn the basics of how your device functions you could be overlooking powerful features. It’s likely that if you just turn your new device on and start wearing them, they won’t work effectively for you. You may also lose out on the best features such as Bluetooth and noise filters.

You can figure out how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on the numerous configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function if you simply take your time and study the included documentation.

When you pick your hearing aids you will have a general understanding of what they can do. Now, take some time to learn how to use them.

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Your eyes need to adjust to the shape of the frame and the change in lenses when you get new glasses. There is also an adjustment period when it comes to hearing aids. High quality sound in a new hearing aid does not happen by magic. It doesn’t work that way.

If you haven’t ever worn hearing aids, it’s a big difference and your ears will require some time to adapt. Quick adjustment depends on consistent use.

Put them in your ear and leave them in place. Usually, new users have an urge to keep removing them. That urge needs to be resisted. If you are not comfortable, consider why.

  • 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. By doing this, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.
  • Until you get used to it, take out the hearing aids when it gets uncomfortable. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids checked if they don’t seem to fit right..
  • Is the noise too loud? Maybe you should turn the volume down.

Don’t make a big mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you forget about your hearing aids, leaving them in a drawer somewhere, they will do you no good.

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

There is a lot involved in finding the right hearing aids, and it begins before you even start looking. If you are not honest about what you can and can’t hear at the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s a problem. You could wind up with hearing aids that aren’t right for your level or type of hearing loss. For instance, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. If your hearing loss interferes with your ability to hear mid-range or low tones, the hearing aids won’t work right for you.

Your lifestyle, in certain cases may not seem well suited to hearing aids. Perhaps you spend two-thirds of your day on the phone, so you will need hearing aids that have Bluetooth technology.

Make a note of when you want your hearing aid to do something different or when they aren’t working properly while you are still in the trial period. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing care technician. It might just take an adjustment, or maybe you require a different type of device.

Most retailers do free fittings so be certain to find one of them when you buy your hearing aids. If they are too big for your ears they won’t function properly.

4. Careless Maintenance

Successful maintenance of your hearing aids starts with knowing how and when to do it. Take the time to learn how to care for your new device even if you’ve used hearing aids in the past.

After you buy your hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the user manual such as using hair products with your hearing aids in or not turning them off when you remove it.

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

Understand precisely how to clean your hearing aids as that’s a big part of effective maintenance. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. Properly cleaning your ears is essential too.

It’s up to you to make sure you get the most out of your new hearing aids. It’s a continuing process from shopping to use. Get a hearing test with a hearing specialist to learn what kind of hearing aid will best fit your needs.

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