When you first start wearing hearing aids, it takes a little while to get used to them.
What you may not realize at first is, these little devices are game-changers, and once you are acclimated, you won’t want to live without them.
We’ve compiled a few tips to make the transition a little easier for you.
Get your hearing aids from a licensed Audiologist/Hearing Care Professional
A licensed professional will help you get the right device for you and your lifestyle from the start. They will make sure it’s the proper fit. They will make sure it covers all of your needs. And they will be there to help any time you need it. You won’t get that at a big box store. Titles to look for are Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist.
>Wear them every day
The first few days, you certainly don’t want to wear them ALL day, but you should wear them a little more each day.
Jumping right in with both feet and trying all day stretches from the get-go is guaranteed to overwhelm you. To go from hearing very little to hearing everything all at once is a little bit too much to handle for most people.
Additionally, having a device in your ears might cause soreness at first.
So, we recommend taking it slow. The first few days, only wear them a few hours, adding a more time as the days go by. Before you know it, you’ll be wearing them all day with ease.
We will give you an exact wear-in schedule when we fit you with your aids, so you won’t be confused about when and how to wear your devices.
Learn how to care for your hearing aids.
Daily cleaning, proper storage, charging regularly – these are all things you will need to add to your daily routine to keep your hearing aids in tip top shape.
Store your hearing aid batteries in a cool, dry place – not in a refrigerator. Keep them away from children, persons with cognitive impairment, and pets.
- Clean daily. Before you put them away for the day, wipe them down with a dry cloth or tissue to wipe away the oil and moisture that’s accumulated during the day.
- Invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier. Moisture can damage the delicate electronic parts of your hearing aid and keep it from working its best. These inexpensive devices gently absorb moisture and increase sound quality.
- Avoid contact with harsh chemicals, such as face creams, body washes and hair sprays. These household products can damage the components of your hearing aid.
Dig in to your devices advanced features.
Once you get used to your hearing aids, it’s time to find out what they can really do.
Depending on your specific model, you’ll be able to do things like wirelessly stream music and phone calls straight to your hearing aids, manipulate the volume from your mobile device or digital watch, and effortlessly switch settings to maximize your hearing in different environments. Make sure to consult with your hearing specialist about all the features that may be beneficial to you.
Learn how to troubleshoot
If you have an issue you can’t solve alone,, of course, you should schedule an appointment with your hearing care specialist or audiologist. But for small things, adjustments, you can learn to make them on your own.
- If you can’t hear anything, change the battery. If that doesn’t help, gently clean the sound outlet and microphone.
- If you hear a howling or whistling sound, remove and reinsert your hearing aid. If that doesn’t work, get your ear canal checked by a medical professional to see if you have ear wax accumulation.
- If the sound is distorted, check to see if your hearing aid is in telecoil mode. If so, switch it back to microphone mode. If that doesn’t help, check to see if the battery or battery contacts are dirty or corroded.
If you already use hearing aids, schedule a checkup to make sure they are working as well as they can for you.
If you haven’t made the leap yet, stop in for an assessment and let us help you determine what type of device would be best for you.
Technology makes all the difference for those who suffer with difficulty hearing clearly, take advantage of it as much as you can!
We’d love to help you improve your hearing and by extension, your quality of life. Give us a call and schedule an assessment today!
We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Treasure Valley Hearing & Balance, we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today and schedule an appointment.