Hearing Care Specialists - Hopkins, Glencoe, and Watertown, MN

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So you finally went out and invested in a new pair of hearing aids. Congratulations, it’s an excellent start to maximizing the quality of your life. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology such as modern hearing aids. It’s not a long list with hearing aids, but it is an important one.

Taking care of your hearing isn’t the only thing to consider. The things you fail to do will make the hearing aid less useful or slow down your adjustment time. Now learn from the mistakes other people in your situation have made; consider these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

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

Without spending some time to learn the basics of how your hearing aids work and checking out the features that come with the brand you bought you might be ignoring powerful features. If you simply turn on your hearing aids and put them in, it’s likely they won’t work effectively. You might also miss out on the best features like Bluetooth and noise filters.

You can learn how to get the cleanest sound quality and work on the various adjustments that maximize the hearing aid’s function if you merely take your time and study the included documentation.

You will already have a general understanding of what your hearing aids can do when you purchase them. It will take a bit more time but you need to learn how to operate them properly.

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Your eyes need to adapt to the change in the lenses and the shape of the frame when you get new glasses. The same is true for hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. It doesn’t work that way.

There is an adaptation period your ears will need if you’re new to hearing aids. Consistency is the key to adjusting quickly to new hearing aids.

Put them in and don’t keep taking them out. Often, new users have an urge to keep removing them. That urge should be ignored. Consider why you might be uncomfortable.

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

Giving up is the worst mistake you can make. Your hearing aids will do you no good thrown in a drawer and forgotten about.

3. Have the Hearing Aid Fitted When You First Get it

Getting the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. While at your hearing test at the audiologist, it’s important to be honest about what you can and can’t hear. Hearing aids that aren’t The right ones for your type or level of hearing loss can be the result. For instance, some hearing aids by design pick up a high-frequency sound. These are not the best hearing aids for you if you don’t hear mid or low tones.

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

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, take note of the times where you wished your hearing aids did something different or when it felt like they didn’t work right. Your hearing aid technician can discuss that with you if you bring them back. It could just take an adjustment, or perhaps you require a different type of device.

When you purchase your hearing aids be sure to go to a retailer that does free fittings. If they are too big for your ears they won’t function properly.

4. Careless Maintenance

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

There are things you don’t want to do with your hearing aids in like using hair products with them in or removing them without turning them off so read your documentation.

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

A big part of taking care of hearing aids is cleaning so be certain that you understand how to do it. The hearing aid is not the only thing that requires cleaning. Find out what the maker suggests for cleaning your ears, too.

You have to take the initiative if you want to get the most out of your hearing aids. The process starts as you are shopping for them and continues when you begin wearing them. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to learn what type of hearing aid will best fit your needs.

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