9 Mistakes Every New Hearing Aid Owner Makes

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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 set. But new hearing aid owners will wish someone had told them certain things, just like with any new technology.

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

1. Failing to comprehend hearing aid functionality

To put it bluntly, learn your hearing aid’s functions. The hearing experience will be significantly enhanced if you know how to use advanced features for different settings like on the street, at the movies, or in a restaurant.

Your wireless devices, including smartphones and televisions can most likely sync wirelessly to your hearing aids. It might also have a setting that makes phone conversations clearer.

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

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

As with anything new, it will get easier after a bit of practice. Simply raising and lowering the volume won’t even come close to giving you the hearing experience that utilizing these more advanced features will.

2. Thinking that your hearing will automatically improve

In line with number one, many new hearing aid owners think their hearing will be optimal as they leave the office. This assumption is normally not how it works. Some say it takes a month or more before they are completely comfortable with their hearing aid. 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 by just quietly talking with friends. Familiar voices might not sound the same at first, and this can be disorienting. Ask your friends if you’re speaking too loud and make the necessary adjustments.

Slowly start to visit new places and wear the hearing aid for more extended periods of time.

Be patient with yourself, and you’ll have many wonderful hearing experiences to look forward to.

3. Not being truthful about your degree of hearing loss during your hearing appointment

Responding honestly to the questions during your hearing test will ensure you get fitted with the optimum hearing aid technology.

If you already have your hearing aid and realize that maybe you weren’t as honest as you may have been, go back and ask to be retested. But it’s easier if you get it right the first time. The level and kind of hearing loss will identify the hearing aid styles that work best for you.

As an illustration, people with hearing loss in the high frequency range will require a specific type of hearing aid. People who have mid-range hearing loss will call for different technology and etc.

4. Neglecting to have your hearing aid fitted

Your hearing aids need to manage a few requirements at the same time: they need to be comfortable on or in your ears, they need to be easy to put in and remove, and they need to boost the sounds around you efficiently. All three of those variables will be addressed during your fitting.

When you’re getting fitted, you might:

  • Have your hearing tested to identify 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 once you get fitted. Make a note if you are having difficulty hearing in a large room. If your right ear seems tighter than your left, make a note of that. If everything feels great, make a note. This can help us make custom, tiny adjustments to help your hearing aids achieve peak comfort and effectiveness.

6. Not planning how you will utilize your hearing aid in advance

Water-resistant hearing aids do exist. However, water can seriously damage others. Some have sophisticated features you may be willing to pay more for because you take pleasure in certain activities.

You can ask our opinion but the choice is yours. Only you know which advanced features you’ll actually use and that’s worth committing to because if the hearing aids don’t fit in with your lifestyle you won’t use them.

You and your hearing aid will be together for a number of years. So you don’t want to regret settling when you really would have benefited from a certain feature.

A few more things to think about

  • How obvious your hearing aid is might be important to you. Or maybe you want to wear them with style.
  • To be completely satisfied, discuss these preferences before your fitting.
  • You may prefer something that is really automated. Or perhaps you like having more control over the volume. How much battery life will you need?

Many issues that come up regarding fit, lifestyle, and how you use your hearing aids can be resolved during the fitting process. Also, you might be able to try 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. Not correctly maintaining your hearing aids

The majority of hearing aids are quite sensitive to moisture. You may want to get a dehumidifier if you live in an extremely humid place. Keeping your hearing aid in the bathroom where people bathe is a bad idea.

Consistently wash your hands before touching the hearing aid or batteries. Oils found normally on your hand can impact how well the hearing aid functions and the life of the batteries.

Don’t let earwax or skin cells accumulate on the hearing aid. Instead, the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning procedures should be followed.

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

8. Not getting spare batteries

Frequently, it’s the worst time when new hearing aid owners learn this one. All of a sudden, while you’re watching your favorite show, your batteries quit just as you’re about to learn “who done it”.

Your battery life depends, like any electronic device, on the external environment and how you use it. So even if you just changed your batteries, keep a spare set with you. Don’t miss something important because of an unpredictable battery.

9. Not practicing your hearing exercises

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

Once you get your hearing aids, you’ll be able to begin the work of rebuilding some of those ear-to-brain pathways and links. This might occur quite naturally for some individuals, especially if the hearing loss was somewhat recent. But for others, a deliberate strategy may be required to get your hearing firing on all cylinders again. A couple of common strategies include the following.

Reading out loud

One of the best ways you can recreate those pathways between your ears and your brain is to spend some time reading out loud. It may feel a bit foolish at first, but don’t allow that to stop you. You’re practicing reconnecting the feeling of saying words with the sounds they make. Your hearing will get better and better as you continue practicing.

Audiobooks

If you don’t like 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. This does the same work as reading something out loud, you hear words while reading them. 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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