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You’ve put off far too long but you finally purchased new hearing aids. Taking the first step to better your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. There is a lot to understand when you purchase new technology like modern hearing aids, and that includes the things you shouldn’t do. It’s not a huge list with hearing aids, but it is a significant one.

Taking care of your hearing isn’t the only consideration. The things you fail to do can make the hearing aid less useful or slow down your adjustment time. Others in your situation have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do should be taken into consideration.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

If you don’t explore the features that are included with the brand you purchased and take the time to understand the basics of how your device functions you could be missing powerful features. It’s likely that your hearing aids won’t work efficiently if you just turn them on and put them in. You might also lose out on the best features like Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can learn how to get the clearest sound quality and work on the various adjustments that improve the hearing aid’s function if you simply 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, spend some time learning how to use them.

2. Take Into Consideration The Adjustment Period

Your eyes need to adjust to the difference in the lenses and the shape of the frame when you get a new pair of glasses. There is also an adjustment period with 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 need some time to adapt. Consistency is the key to adapting quickly to your new hearing aids.

Once you’ve put them in leave them in. Usually, new users feel an urge to keep taking them out. That urge should be resisted. If you are uncomfortable, think about why.

  • Are you overwhelmed by the background noise? Spend a few minutes in a quiet place each day when you first put them in. Sit with a friend and talk. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • If it is uncomfortable, take out the hearing aids for short intervals until you get used to it. Go back to the retailer and have your hearing aids examined if they don’t seem to fit right..
  • Is the sound too loud? Perhaps you should turn down the volume.

Don’t make a big mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you stuff your hearing aids in a drawer and forget about them, they will do you no good.

3. Neglect Getting a Professional Fitting Upfront

Getting the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. If you are not telling the truth about what you can and can’t hear during the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s an issue. You may 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. If your hearing loss interferes with your ability to hear mid-range or low sounds, the hearing aids won’t work correctly for you.

In many cases, hearing aids might not seem to fit your lifestyle. Bluetooth technology is a feature that you will want if you use a phone allot.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, write down the times where you wanted your hearing aids to do something different or when it seemed like they didn’t function correctly. Your hearing care technician can discuss that with you if you take them back. It could just take an adjustment, or perhaps you need a different type of device.

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

4. Poor Maintenance

Understanding when and how to Take care of your hearing aids are the keys to success. Take the time to figure out how to care for your hearing aids even if this isn’t your first pair.

When you buy the hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the user manual including using hair care products with your hearing aids in or failing to turn them off when you remove it.

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

Keeping it clean is an important part of Taking care of hearing aids, so be sure to understand all the hows and whys. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. See what the manufacturer recommends for cleaning your ears, too.

It’s up to you to ensure you get the most from your new hearing aids. The process starts as you are shopping for them and proceeds when you start wearing them. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to find out what type of hearing aid will best fit your needs.

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