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Congratulations! Modern hearing aids are an impressive piece of technology, and you’ve recently become the proud owner of a shiny new pair. But new hearing aid owners will wish someone had told them certain things, just like with any new technology.

Let’s assess how a new hearing aid owner can avoid the 9 most common hearing aid mistakes.

1. Not learning how hearing aids work

Or, more specifically, know how your hearing aid works. The hearing experience will be significantly enhanced if you know how to use advanced features for different environments like on the street, at the movies, or in a restaurant.

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

If you don’t learn about these features, it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut by using your technologically-sophisticated hearing aid in a rudimentary way. Modern hearing aids do more than simply increase the volume of external sounds.

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

As with anything new, it will get easier after a little practice. And your hearing experience will be 10X better than when you just turn the volume up and down.

2. Expecting instant improvement in your hearing

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

After you get home, give yourself a couple of days to become accustomed to the new experience. It won’t be that much different than breaking in new shoes. Sometimes, you will need to go slow and wear your new hearing aids a little at a time.

Start by just quietly talking with friends. Simple voices may not sound the same at first, and this can be disorienting. Ask your friends if you’re talking too loud and make the required adjustments.

Slowly begin to visit new places and use the hearing aid for longer periods of time.

You will have wonderful hearing experiences ahead of you if you can only be patient with yourself.

3. Being dishonest about your degree of hearing loss at your hearing exam

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

If you have your hearing aid and realize that maybe you weren’t as honest as you may have been, go back and get retested. Getting it straight the first time is better. The degree and kind of hearing loss will determine the hearing aid styles that will work best for you.

For example, some 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. Not getting a hearing aid fitting

There are several requirements that your hearing aids need to simultaneously manage: they need to be comfortable on or in your ears, they need to be easy to put in and remove, and they need to amplify the sounds around you effectively. Your hearing aid fitting is intended to correctly calibrate all three of those variables for your individual requirements.

When you’re getting fitted, you might:

  • Undergo hearing tests to calibrate the correct power for your hearing aid.
  • Have molds of your ears made and measurements taken.

5. Not tracking your results

After you’ve been fitted, it’s worthwhile to take notes on how your hearing aid performs and feels. If you have problems 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 great. With this knowledge, we can customize the settings of your hearing aid so it functions at peak efficiency and comfort.

6. Not anticipating how you’ll utilize your hearing aids

Water-resistant hearing aids do exist. Others, however, can be damaged or even destroyed by water. Some have state-of-the-art features you might be willing to pay more for because you take pleasure in certain activities.

We can give you some recommendations but you must decide for yourself. Only you know what 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 using your hearing aid for quite a while. So if you really need certain features, you don’t want to settle for less.

A few more things to contemplate

  • You may care about whether your hearing aid is able to be seen. Or perhaps you want to wear them with style.
  • You may prefer something that is very automated. Or maybe you enjoy having more control over the volume. Is a longer battery life important to you?
  • Consult with us about these things before your fitting so you can be certain you’re entirely satisfied.

Many challenges that come up regarding fit, lifestyle, and how you use your hearing aids can be dealt with during the fitting process. Also, you may be able to demo out your hearing aids before you commit to a purchase. This demo period will help you figure out which brand will be best for your needs.

7. Failing to take proper care of your hearing aid

Most hearing aids are really sensitive to moisture. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier if you live in an extremely humid place. Storing your hearing aid in the bathroom where people bathe may not be the best idea.

Always wash your hands before handling 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, the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning procedures should be implemented.

Taking simple steps like these will improve the life and function of your hearing aid.

8. Failing to keep a spare set of batteries

Frequently, it’s the worst time when new hearing aid owners learn this one. When you’re about to learn who did it at the critical moment of your favorite show, your batteries quit without warning.

Like most electronic devices, battery life varies depending on your usage and the external environment. So always keep an extra set of batteries handy, even if you just changed them. Don’t miss something important because of an unpredictable battery.

9. Not practicing your hearing exercises

When you first get your hearing aids, there may be an assumption, and it’s not always a baseless assumption, that your hearing aid will do all the work. But the regions of your brain in charge of interpreting sound are also affected by hearing loss not just your ears.

You can start to work on rebuilding those ear-to-brain connections once you get your new hearing aids. For some people, this may happen rather naturally and this is especially true if the hearing loss happened recently. But other people will need a more structured approach to rebuild their ability to hear. The following are a couple of prevalent strategies.

Reading out loud

One of the most efficient ways you can restore those connections between your ears and your brain is to spend some time reading out loud. It might feel a bit foolish at first, but don’t allow that to stop you. 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

If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of reading something out loud yourself, then you can always go the audiobook route. You can buy (or rent from the library) a physical copy of a book and the audiobook version together. Then, you read along with the book as the audiobook plays. You’ll hear a word as you’re reading it just like reading out loud. This will teach the language parts of your brain to understand speech again.

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Resources

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

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