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So you finally went out and purchased a new set of hearing aids. Taking the first step to improve your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology such as modern hearing aids. The list with hearing aids is not huge, but it’s a significant one.

Caring for your hearing is not the only thing to consider. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. It’s time to learn from the mistakes other people in your situation have made; think about these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

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

Without taking the time to learn the basics of how your hearing aids work and exploring the features that come with the brand you purchased you might be overlooking powerful features. More than likely, your hearing aids won’t work efficiently if you simply turn them on and put them in. Bluetooth and noise filters are a few of the best features that you may also miss out on.

You can learn how to get the clearest sound quality and work on the various configurations that improve the hearing aid’s function if you just slow down and study the users manual.

You will already have a general idea of what your hearing aids can do by the time you buy them. Now you have to figure out how to use and that which takes a little time.

2. Take Into Consideration The Adjustment Period

Your eyes need to adjust to the change in the lenses and the shape of the frame when you get new glasses. There is also an adjustment period when it comes to hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

If you’ve never worn hearing aids before, it’s a significant difference and your ears will require some time to adjust. Adapting to your new hearing aids as quickly as possible is all about consistency.

Leave them in place once you’ve put them in. You need to resist the urge to keep removing them. If you are uncomfortable, consider why.

  • Take the hearing aid out when it gets uncomfortable for short periods. If the hearing aids just don’t really fit right, go back to the retailer and have them inspected.
  • Is the audio too loud? Perhaps you need to turn the volume down.
  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Spend a few minutes in a quiet place each day when you first put them in. Sit with a friend and talk. Ask if you are talking too loud. By doing this, you can balance the sound out by making adjustments.

Don’t make a huge mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you forget about your hearing aids, leaving them in a drawer somewhere, they won’t do you any good.

3. When You First Get Your Hearing Aid, Have it Fitted

Getting the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. When you are at the audiologist, if you are not honest about what you can and can’t hear at the hearing exam, that’s an issue. You could wind up with hearing aids that aren’t the correct ones for your level or type of hearing loss. For example, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. These are not the right hearing aids for you if you don’t hear mid or low tones.

Your lifestyle, in certain cases may not seem well compatible with hearing aids. Perhaps you spend two-thirds of your day on the phone, so you will want hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.

Write down when you want your hearing aid to do something different or when they’re not functioning properly when you are still in the trial period. Your hearing care technician can discuss that with you if you bring them back. You may need a different type of device or you could just need an adjustment.

Make sure to get your hearing aids from a seller that does fittings, too. They won’t work if they are too big for your ears.

4. Poor Maintenance

Successful upkeep of your hearing aids starts with knowing how and when to do it. Even if you’ve used hearing aids before you should take the time to understand how to take care of your new device.

There are things you shouldn’t do when you have your hearing aids in like using hair care products with them in or removing them without turning them off so read your user manual.

Additionally, read the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

A big part of taking care of hearing aids is cleaning so be sure that you understand how to do it. Don’t stop at just cleaning the device, either. Properly cleaning your ears is important too.

If you want to get the most out of your hearing aids, the ball is in your court. It’s a continuing process from shopping to use. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to learn what type of hearing aid will work best for you.