Congrats! You’ve just become the proud owner of hearing aids – a great piece of modern tech. But new hearing aid owners will wish somebody had informed them about certain things, as with any new technology.
Let’s assess how a new hearing aid user can avoid the 9 most common hearing aid mistakes.
1. Not knowing how hearing aids work
To put it simply, learn your hearing aid’s features. The hearing experience will be greatly improved if you know how to utilize advanced features for different environments like on the street, at the movies, or in a restaurant.
It might be able to connect wirelessly to your smartphone, TV, or stereo. Additionally, it might have a specific setting that helps you hear on the phone.
If you use this advanced technology in such a rudimentary way, without understanding these features, you can easily become stuck in a rut. Modern hearing aids do more than simply raise the volume of outside sounds.
To get the clearest and best sound, 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. And your hearing experience will be 10X better than when you just turn the volume up and down.
2. Thinking that your hearing will instantly improve
It’s not unusual for a new hearing aid owner to think that their hearing will be perfect from day one. This assumption is normally not how it works. Some people say it takes a month or more before they’re entirely comfortable with their hearing aid. But don’t get discouraged. They also say it’s really worth it.
Give yourself a few days, after getting home, to get used to your new situation. It won’t be that much different than breaking in new shoes. Sometimes, you will need to go slow and use your new hearing aids a little at a time.
Begin by just quietly talking with friends. It can be a bit disorienting initially because voices might not sound the same. Ask your friends if you’re speaking too loud and make the required adjustments.
Slowly start to go to new places and wear the hearing aid for longer periods of time.
Be patient with yourself, and you’ll have countless wonderful hearing experiences to look forward to.
3. Not being truthful about your degree of hearing loss at your hearing exam
Responding truthfully to the questions during your hearing exam will ensure you get fitted with the proper hearing aid technology.
Go back and get retested if you realize you might not have been completely honest after you get your hearing aids. Getting it right the first time is better. The degree and type of hearing loss will determine the hearing aid styles that work best for you.
As an example, people with hearing loss in the high frequency range will need a particular type of hearing aid. People who have mid-range hearing loss will need different technology and etc.
4. Failing to have your hearing aid fitted
Your hearing aids need to juggle several requirements at the same time: They need to efficiently amplify sound, they need to be easy to put in and take out, 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:
- Have your hearing tested to determine the power level of 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 large rooms, make a note of that. Make a note if one ear feels tighter than the other. Even make a note if everything feels right on. This can help us make custom, minute adjustments to help your hearing aids achieve optimum comfort and efficiency.
6. Not planning how you will utilize your hearing aid ahead of time
Some hearing aids are resistant to water. However, water can significantly damage others. Perhaps you enjoy certain activities and you are willing to pay extra for more advanced features.
You might ask our opinion but the choice must be yours. You won’t use your hearing aid if it doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle and only you know what features you will use.
You’ll be wearing your hearing aid for quite a while. So if you really need certain functions, you don’t want to settle for less.
A few more things to contemplate
- You might want something that is extremely automated. Or maybe you enjoy having more control over the volume. Is a longer battery life important to you?
- Speak with us about these things before your fitting so you can be sure you’re completely satisfied.
- How obvious your hearing aid is may be important to you. Or maybe you want to wear them with style.
Many challenges that arise with regards to fit, lifestyle, and how you use your hearing aids can be addressed during the fitting process. Also, you may be able to try out your hearing aids before you commit to a purchase. During this trial period, you’ll be able to get a sense of whether a specific brand of hearing aid would meet your needs.
7. Not properly maintaining your hearing aids
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 place. Storing your hearing aid in the bathroom where people take baths or showers may not be the best idea.
Consistently wash your hands before touching the hearing aid or batteries. Oils found naturally on your hand can impact how well the hearing aid functions and the duration of the batteries.
Don’t let earwax or skin cells accumulate on the hearing aid. Instead, clean it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Taking simple actions like these will improve the life and function of your hearing aid.
8. Not getting spare batteries
New hearing aid users frequently learn this concept at the worst times. When you’re about to find out who did it at the crucial moment of your favorite show, your batteries quit without warning.
Like many electronics, battery life varies depending on how you use it and the outside environment. So always keep a spare set of batteries nearby, even if you just replaced them. Don’t let an unpredictable battery cause you to miss something important.
9. Neglecting your hearing exercises
You might assume that your hearing aids will do all of the work when you first purchase them. But it’s not just your ears that are impacted by hearing loss, it’s also the regions of your brain responsible for interpreting all those sounds.
You can begin to work on rebuilding those ear-to-brain connections once you get your new hearing aids. This may happen quite naturally for some people, especially if the hearing loss was somewhat recent. But for others, an intentional approach might be necessary to get your hearing firing on all cylinders again. The following are a couple of prevalent strategies.
Reading out loud
Reading out loud is one of the best ways to restore those connections between your ears and your brain. Even if you feel a bit odd initially you should still practice like this. You’re practicing reconnecting the experience of saying words with the sounds they make. The more you establish those connections, the better your hearing (and your hearing aid) will work.
You can always use audiobooks if reading out loud isn’t attractive to you. You can buy (or rent from the library) a physical copy of a book and the audiobook version of that same text. Then as the audiobook plays, you can read along. This does the same job as reading something out loud, you hear a word while you’re reading it. This will train the language parts of your brain to understand speech again.