10 Tips for New Hearing Aid UsersPublished On: July 15, 2019
Have you just recently received your new hearing aid device? For the first time in years, you find yourself rediscovering new or long-forgotten sounds and basking in wonderful auditory experiences. But at the same time, you’re most likely feeling a bit of discomfort. Don’t fret. You’re just getting accustomed to it and pretty soon you won’t even remember you’re wearing one!
Here are some tips to help you get adjusted quickly and become better accustomed to wearing your new hearing aid:
1. Be patient and take it slow.
Like wearing glasses or a pair of shoes for the first time, new hearing aids may feel a bit uncomfortable. Be patient and give yourself time to get used to the novelty of having them in or on your ears. Wear them for few hours each day until you gradually feel at ease.
2. Begin in a quiet room.
It is recommended that you start using your new hearing aids in a quiet room at home to allow your brain to adjust and process the new sounds you’re hearing. Because you’re not used to clearly hearing ordinary everyday sounds, such as the ticking of a clock, these may seem extremely loud at first. Adjust the volume settings until you find your most comfortable level.
3. Speak out loud to yourself.
If you’ve had hearing problems for a while, you may not realize that you have been speaking quite loudly. Talking out loud to yourself will help you regulate your voice and determine the right volume for your new device.
4. Enlist your family’s help.
Practice makes perfect. Get your family and friends to spend time conversing with you in different settings, so your brain gets to practice categorising sounds, adjusting to different speech patterns, and reacquiring listening skills.
5. Adapt to new listening situations.
Get outside and try to adjust to new environments every day. Wear your hearing aids at work, in school, in a busy street, at a restaurant, in church and other places to boost your confidence.
6. Keep a log of your experiences.
Write down notes of the unusual sounds you hear, when you have problems hearing anything, or any difficulty you are experiencing. Speak to your audiologist so adjustments can be made to ensure your device is properly programmed so you can enjoy better sound quality.
7. Maintain hearing aids in good condition.
To maintain optimum hearing quality, regular hearing device care is strongly recommended. When possible, clean your hearing aids every night. Do not use water or alcohol, instead use tools and wipes that your audiologist have provided. The more you care for your earpieces, the longer they will last.
8. Keep them safe.
Take extra care when removing or inserting your hearing aids to avoid breakage. Ensure your hands are clean and dry when doing so. Keep them away from moisture and the sun as these can damage their functionality.
9. Know when to leave them off.
You probably know by now that water is a big no-no for your hearing aids. Don’t wear them while having a shower, a bath, or going for a swim, in a sauna or spa. You won’t really need them while sleeping, so while they’re off remove batteries to improve longevity of the device.
10. See your audiologist for a follow-up.
If you find your device uncomfortable or if you’re experiencing any persistent pain, see your hearing specialist. Your new device may need adjustment or may require replacement.
If you’re still getting acquainted with your new hearing aid device and have questions, contact our team at Best Hearing Aid at (800) 376-6001 to speak with one of our experienced hearing care professional.