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Tips For New Hearing Aid Users

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If you are a hearing aid user and you are having a hard time trying to make sure that your new device is working properly, then you are not alone. So many people are in the same situation as you are right now, but there are things that you can do to try and make it easier on yourself. It all starts with learning how your hearing aids work, and what you should expect during the initial adjustment period.

Wear Them at Home

The first thing that you need to do is start wearing your hearing aids in the home. You need to wear them in very quiet listening environments. Focus on having conversations one-on-one and also let your family and your friends know that you are wearing them so that they can help you to become more accustomed to your new device. Reading out loud or even talking to your pet can help you to get used to your voice as well.

Give Yourself Some Homework

If you want to speed up the adjustment period, then you need to try and locate the various sources of sound around you. Listen to some audiobooks, put on the radio when you are at home alone or simply practice listening to the television at a lower volume. Things like this can really help you to make the most out of your hearing aid experience, so keep that in mind if you can.

Take Breaks

You need to try and practice wearing your hearing aids. It’s wise for you to wear them for a few hours and then an hour or so longer, each day after that. Make sure that you increase the number of hours you wear them over time, and also expand the situations that you wear them as well. if you can do this, then you will soon find that you can reap the benefits more than you realize

Attend Some Follow-Ups

You will want to ideally see your audiologist for a few follow-up visits if you can. You need to be able to fine-tune the sounds that you are hearing because if you don’t then you may find that you end up struggling overall. Most audiologists will want to see you two weeks after you have had your hearing aids fitted, so that the volume can be adjusted and so that you can fine-tune your device.

Attend a Care Class

It’s also very wise for you to attend a hearing aid care class. This will show you how to use your hearing aid and it will also show you how to keep it clean as well. This can teach you valuable skills regarding your hearing and it can also help you to get a much higher level of satisfaction when it comes to your hearing ability.

Anticipate Frustration

If you haven’t been able to hear very well in the last few years, then you may find that hearing aids swarm your ears with sounds that you never noticed before. This can be a bit of a sensory overload, but you have to understand that this is completely normal. You may feel as though the humming of the fridge is unbearable or that you can hear background noise more than you realize as well.

You need to remember that your brain has forgotten how to sort background noise and that it has forgotten how to prioritize certain sounds as well. You will need to be patient and you will also have to learn how to ignore those noises once again. If you can take it slow, then you will soon find that your brain can then take the time to adjust and this will help you to use them to your full advantage.

Report any Pain

Depending on your needs, you may have to get custom earmolds. This means that they will fit comfortably in your ear. Audiologists often say that you may feel some slight tenderness at first but if you do experience any pain then you will need to report this as soon as you can. If you don’t, then you will soon find that the issue only worsens and this is something that you just don’t need to go through.

If you want to make sure that your hearing aid is fit properly then make sure that you contact Hinderliter Hearing Services. You can do so by calling us today at 248-430-8425. When you do, you can count on them to help you with any questions you may have about your hearing aids or the fitting process.