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The 4 Most Frequent Mistakes Made by New Hearing Aid Owners
A hearing aid is the single most common type of treatment that you receive when you have hearing loss or hearing trouble in general. On the whole, it is a fascinating and very effective piece of technology which you are going to probably be quite grateful for. But it is important to make sure that you are using your hearing aid as well as possible, that you are getting the most out of it you can and that you know what to do in order to ensure it is going to last a long time.
With that in mind, it’s important that you know all there is to know about using your new hearing aid. In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common and frequent mistakes that people tend to make when they have a hearing aid for the first time. Avoiding these mistakes is going to really help you out!
Not Taking Time to Explore the Hearing Aid
First of all, many people get excited right away and simply put their new hearing aid in before they have looked into it in any detail. If you do this, however, it is probably going to mean that you are not going to know everything you might need to know about the hearing aid in general. The less you know about it, the less use you will get out of it, so it is really important to make sure that you are not making this mistake.
Instead, you should aim to take some time to explore your hearing aid. Take a look at it, get your audiologists to give you a tour of the item and read any manuals you might have been given – or can find online for your specific model of hearing aid. Find out what all the settings are, what they do and how they work. Then you are going to be in a good position to actually start wearing the hearing aid.
When you are wearing a new hearing aid, it can take a while to get used to the experience, for a number of reasons. This is as true for a new hearing aid as it is for your first ever hearing aid, so in either case you are going to want to make sure that you are not making this mistake. Namely, you should try to be as patient as possible with regard to using your hearing aid, and not expect to get used to it immediately.
If you compare it to wearing glasses, it can make more sense. After all, you would not expect glasses to be and feel normal right away, but would rather expect to have to wait a while for that to be the case. It’s the same here. You need to make sure that you are exercising patience with your hearing aids, as it can take some time for your ears to adjust to them.
Fitting it Yourself
Although you might be able to fit it yourself well enough, you might be surprised at just how much better it can be in general if you get your audiologist to fit it for you professionally. That is going to ensure a much better and more comfortable fit and you will find that you are much more likely to enjoy wearing it. You’ll also feel that it is made to measure – because that is exactly what a professional fitting is!
A lot of people don’t actually realize that you need to maintain your hearing aid, and that it can be trickier and take more effort than you might initially realize. There are some essential maintenance tasks that you should do every day to ensure that you are taking proper care of your hearing aid and that it will last a long time.
First of all, be sure to clean it once a day thoroughly, just before taking it off for bed. After you have cleaned it thoroughly, make sure that you put it in its case, so that it will stay clean overnight. Finally, always keep it dry, and never allow it to get wet or to be caught in or near fire. If you do all that, it is going to ensure it lasts a long time.
For more information or to book in a hearing aid fitting, talk to Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, P.L.C. at (712) 266-3662.