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At last, you invested in a set of hearing aids. Good job taking the first step to enhance your life. There is a good deal to understand when you buy new technology like modern hearing aids, and that includes the things you shouldn’t do. The list with hearing aids is not long, but it’s a significant one.

There are other considerations besides just caring for your hearing. The things you fail to do will make the hearing aid less useful or slow your adjustment time. Others in your shoes have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do should be taken into consideration.

1. Putting in Your Hearing Aids Right After You Buy Them

You might be ignoring powerful features if you don’t take some time to learn the basics of how your hearing aid works and explore the features that come with the brand. If you simply turn on your hearing aids and put them in, it’s likely they won’t work effectively. You may also miss out on the best features like Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can learn how to get the cleanest sound quality and practice the numerous adjustments that maximize the hearing aid’s function if you merely slow down and read the users manual.

You will already have a general understanding of what your hearing aids can do when you buy them. Now, spend some time learning how to use them.

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Anytime you get a new pair of glasses, your eyes need time to adapt to the difference in the lenses or the shape of the frame. This also goes when it comes to hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

Your ears will need a couple days to adapt to what is a massive change, particularly if you’ve never worn hearing aids in the past. Quick adjustment depends on consistent use.

Put them in your ear and don’t keep taking them out. Often, new users have an urge to keep removing them. That urge should be ignored. If you are uncomfortable, ask yourself 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. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • If it feels uncomfortable, take out the hearing aids for short intervals until you get used to it. If the hearing aids just don’t seem to fit right, go back to the retailer and have them examined.
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you should turn the volume down.

Giving up is the worst mistake you can make. If you forget about your hearing aids, shoving them in a drawer somewhere, they won’t do you any good.

3. Have the Hearing Aid Fitted When You First Buy it

There is a lot involved in getting the proper hearing aids, and it begins before you even start looking. During your hearing exam at the audiologist, it’s important to be honest about what you can and can’t hear. You could wind up with hearing aids that aren’t the correct ones for your level or type of hearing loss. Some hearing aids amplify a high-frequency sound by design for instance. These are not the right hearing aids for you if you can’t hear mid or low tones.

Your lifestyle, in some cases may not seem well compatible with hearing aids. Bluetooth technology is a feature that you will need if you use a phone allot.

Write down when you wish your hearing aid did something different or when they aren’t working properly when you are still in the trial period. You can return to the hearing care technician and discuss those issues. It might just take an adjustment, or maybe you need a different type of device.

When you purchase your hearing aids be sure to find a seller that does free fittings. They won’t work if they are too big for your ears.

4. Sloppy Maintenance

Sometimes poor maintenance is simply a matter of not knowing when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Take the time to learn how to care for your new device even if you’ve worn hearing aids in the past.

There are things you shouldn’t do when you have your hearing aids in like using hair care products when you have them in or taking them out without turning them off so consult your documentation.

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

Understand exactly how to clean your hearing aids because that’s a big part of good maintenance. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. You also have to properly clean your ears.

If you want to get the most from your hearing aids, the ball is in your court. It’s a continuing process from shopping to use. Schedule a hearing test with a hearing professional to find out what type of hearing aid will best fit your needs.