Congrats! You’ve just become the proud owner of hearing aids – an incredible piece of modern technology. But new hearing aid users will wish someone had informed them about certain things, as with any new technology.
Let’s examine how a new hearing aid user can avoid the 9 most common hearing aid errors.
1. Not knowing how hearing aids work
To put it simply, learn your hearing aid’s functions. It most likely has unique features that drastically improve the hearing experience in different environments like restaurants, theaters, or walking down the street.
It may be able to connect wirelessly to your smartphone, TV, or stereo. It may also have a setting that makes phone calls clearer.
If you use this advanced technology in such a basic way, without learning about these features, you can easily become stuck in a rut. Hearing aids nowadays can do more than make the sound louder.
Practice wearing your hearing aid in different places in order to learn how to get the clearest sound quality. 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 little practice. Just raising and lowering the volume won’t even come close to providing the hearing experience that utilizing these more advanced features will.
2. Expecting instant improvement in your hearing
It’s not unusual for a new hearing aid owner to think that their hearing will be perfect from the first day. This assumption is normally not how it works. Some say it takes a month or more before they are entirely comfortable with their hearing aid. But stay positive. The time you take is well worth it according to those who are diligent.
Give yourself a few days, after you get home, to get used to your new situation. It’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. Sometimes, you will need to go slow and wear your new hearing aids a little at a time.
Start by just talking quietly with friends. It can be somewhat disorienting initially because voices may not sound the same. Ask your friends if you’re talking too loud and make the necessary adjustments.
Slowly increase the time you use your hearing aids and progressively add new places to visit.
You will have wonderful hearing experiences in front of you if you can only be patient with yourself.
3. Not being honest about your level of hearing loss at your hearing appointment
Responding truthfully to the questions during your hearing test will ensure you get fitted with the optimum hearing aid technology.
If you have your hearing aid and realize that perhaps you weren’t as honest as you might have been, go back and ask to be retested. Getting it right the first time is easier. The hearing aid type and style that will be best for you will be determined by the level and kind of hearing loss you have.
As an illustration, individuals with hearing loss in the high frequency range will require a particular type of hearing aid. People who are dealing with mid-range hearing loss will call for different technology and etc.
4. Neglecting to have your hearing aid fitted
There are several requirements that your hearing aids need to simultaneously juggle: they need to be comfortable on or in your ears, they need to be simple to place and take out, and they need to amplify the sounds around you effectively. All three of those variables will be addressed during your fitting.
During hearing aid fitting sessions, you might:
- Undergo hearing tests to calibrate the appropriate 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 feels and performs. Make a note if you are having a hard time hearing in a big room. Make a note if one ear feels tighter than the other. If everything feels right, make a note. This can help us make personalized, minute changes to help your hearing aids reach peak comfort and efficiency.
6. Not anticipating how you’ll use your hearing aids
Some hearing aids are resistant to water. However, water can severely damage others. Maybe you take pleasure in certain activities and you are willing to pay extra for more sophisticated features.
You might ask our opinion but the choice is 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 using your hearing aid for a long time. So if you really need certain features, you don’t want to settle for less.
Some other things to consider
- Consult with us about these things before your fitting so you can be sure you’re totally satisfied.
- You may prefer something that is really automated. Or perhaps you enjoy having more control over the volume. Is a longer battery life essential to you?
- How noticeable your hearing aid is may be important to you. Or maybe you want to wear them with style.
During the fitting process we can deal with many of the challenges regarding lifestyle, fit, and how you use your hearing aids. 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 an idea of whether a particular brand of hearing aid would meet your needs.
7. Neglecting to take sufficient care of your hearing aid
The majority of hearing aids are very sensitive to moisture. You might want to get a dehumidifier if you live in an extremely humid place. Storing your hearing aid in the bathroom where people take baths or showers is a bad idea.
Consistently wash your hands before handling the hearing aid or batteries. The performance of your hearing aid and the duration of its battery can be impacted by the oils naturally present in your skin.
Don’t let earwax or skin cells accumulate on the hearing aid. Instead, the manufacturer’s recommended 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
New hearing aid wearers often learn this lesson at the worst times. When you’re about to learn who did it at the critical moment of your favorite show, your batteries die without warning.
Your battery life depends, like any electronic device, on the external environment and how you use it. So always keep an extra set of batteries nearby, even if you recently replaced them. Don’t allow an unpredictable battery to cause you to miss out on something significant.
9. Not practicing 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 affected by hearing loss, it’s also the parts of your brain responsible for interpreting all those sounds.
Once you’ve got your hearing aids, you’ll be able to begin the work of rebuilding some of those ear-to-brain pathways and connections. This may occur quite naturally for some individuals, especially if the hearing loss was rather recent. But for other people, a deliberate approach may be required to get your hearing firing on all cylinders again. A couple of typical strategies include the following.
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 little weird at first you should still practice like this. 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.
If you don’t like the idea of reading something out loud personally, then you can always go the audiobook route. You can purchase (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. 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.