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You’ve put off far too long but you finally invested in a pair of hearing aids. Good job taking the first step to improve your life. There are things you should learn to do and not to do with newer technology like modern hearing aids. The list with hearing aids is not huge, but it’s an important one.

It’s not simply about caring for your hearing aids, either. Your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do and your device will be less effective. It’s time to learn from the mistakes other people in your shoes have made; consider these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

Without taking the time to understand the basics of how your hearing aids work and checking out the features that come with the brand you purchased you may be overlooking powerful features. If you just turn on your hearing aids and start wearing them, it’s likely they won’t work efficiently. Bluetooth and noise filters are a few of the best features that you may also ignore.

You can figure out how to get the cleanest sound quality and practice the different configurations that improve the hearing aid’s function if you merely take your time and read the included documentation.

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

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Your eyes need to adapt to the shape of the frame and the difference in lenses when you get a new pair of glasses. This is also true when it comes to hearing aids. The sound quality is not just magically enjoyed by new hearing aid owners. It doesn’t work that way.

If you’ve never worn hearing aids before, it’s a big difference and your ears will require some time to adjust. Consistency is the key to adjusting quickly to your new hearing aids.

Leave them in place once you’ve put them in. In the beginning, you might have to fight the need to take them out every few minutes. If you are uncomfortable, think about why.

  • Is the audio too loud? Maybe you need to turn down the volume.
  • Until you get used to it, take out the hearing aids when it gets uncomfortable. Go back to the seller and have your hearing aids checked if they don’t seem to fit properly..
  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Every day when you first put them in you should go to a quiet place for a few minutes. Sit down with a friend and talk. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.

Giving up is the biggest mistake you can make. If you shove your hearing aids in a drawer and forget about them, they will do you no good.

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

There is a lot involved in getting the correct hearing aids, and it begins before you even start shopping. When you’re at the audiologist, if you are not telling the truth about what you can and what you can’t hear during the hearing exam, that’s an issue. Hearing aids that aren’t right for your type or level of hearing loss can be the result. For example, some hearing aids by design amplify a high-frequency sound. These are not the best hearing aids for you if you can’t hear mid or low tones.

In some cases, hearing aids might not really fit your lifestyle. If you have to be on your phone allot you will want to get a hearing aid that has Bluetooth technology.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, write down the times where you wished your hearing aids did something different or when it seemed like they didn’t function right. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing care technician. You might need a different type of device or you could just need an adjustment.

Most retailers do free fittings so be certain to find one of them when you get your hearing aids. They won’t work right if they are too big for your ears.

4. Careless Maintenance

Often poor upkeep is simply a question of not understanding when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Even if you’ve had hearing aids in the past you need to take the time to learn how to take care of your new device.

There are things you don’t want to do when you have your hearing aids in like using hair care products with them in or taking them out without turning them off so consult your user manual.

Additionally, study the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

Understand exactly how to clean your hearing aids as that’s a big part of correct maintenance. Don’t quit at only cleaning the device, either. See what the manufacturer advises for cleaning your ears, too.

It’s up to you to ensure you get the most out of your new hearing aids. The process begins as you are shopping for them and continues when you begin wearing them. Schedule an exam with a hearing professional to find out what type of hearing aid will best fit your needs.