If you live in Salida and recently got yourself brand new hearing aids, congratulations! You’re well on your way to hearing all the little sounds of life that you’ve been missing. No more asking people to speak up, or getting yelled at because you’ve turned the TV up too loud. With proper care and use, hearing aids can add to your life in so many ways. When you had your hearing aid fitting, your hearing specialist should have gone through how to use them. However, it’s a lot to remember! There may also have been some things they never got the chance to tell you. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 tips for new hearing aid users. So if you want to know how to get the most out of your hearing aids Salida, read on!
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1. Give yourself time to get used to your hearing aids
Using hearing aids for the first time involves a bit of a learning curve. It’s likely that at first, they might feel a bit uncomfortable. It’ll take you a fair while to become familiar with how they feel in your ear. After all, you’re not used to having something in there! Not only that, but you won’t be able to hear everything perfectly straight away. You may need to give yourself a few weeks to get used to hearing aids.
2. Start out in a quiet environment
When you first get your hearing aids, start out in a quiet room. Get used to quiet sounds first, such as rain on the window, ticking clocks and cars driving past the house. These usually quiet sounds may seem loud to start with. This is because you’re used to not being able to hear them at all. With your new hearing aids and living in Salida, you might be surprised at how loud things seem. Get used to quiet things before moving on to louder settings.
3. Gradually increase how often you wear them
It takes a while to get used to hearing aids, especially if your hearing loss is quite substantial. At first, it’s best to only wear them for a couple of hours at a time. You might get a bit overwhelmed if you go from not wearing them at all, to wearing them for 14 hours a day. Give your brain time to get used to processing these new sounds. As you become more comfortable with them, you can start wearing your hearing aids for longer.
4. Seek help from family and friends
To start with, it can be hard to know how high to set the volume of your hearing aids. Over time, you may have forgotten how loud certain noises should be. Spend time with your loved ones and ask them to speak at a normal volume. You’ll need to remind them of this, as they probably speak louder when you’re around out of habit. You can also ask them to set the TV to a normal volume, so that you can adjust your hearing aid volume to match.
5. Practice listening exercises
If you’ve been hard of hearing for a long time, your brain will need to re-accustom itself to connecting sounds with words. To help speed this up, practice some simple listening exercises while wearing your hearing aids. For example:
- Read a newspaper or magazine out loud to yourself.
- Read along to a book while listening to the audiobook.
- Watch TV programs and movies with the subtitles on.
6. Monitor your progress with a journal
It’s sometimes hard to figure out whether you’re making progress with your new hearing aids. Sounds may start off by being too loud or irritating, and it’s hard to tell if the situation is improving. Keeping a “hearing journal” will help. Each day, write down any sounds in your home that you find annoying or too loud. In a couple of days, check back to see if they’re still too loud. You can also write down how comfortable your hearing aid is on a scale of 1-10, and keep checking back.
7. Treat your hearing aids with care
Hearing aids are not delicate. We actually tout the fact that our hearing aids are more durable than the average person would think they are. But they’re made of small electronic parts which can become damaged if they aren’t treated with care. To make sure your hearing aids last a long time:
- Clean your hearing aids regularly.
- Keep your hearing aids away from all forms of moisture.
- As much as possible, avoid exposing your hearing aids to extreme temperatures.
- Treat your hearing aids gently, and keep them away from children and pets.
8. Try not to play with the volume too much
Your hearing aid has a volume setting. However, once you’ve set it, you should try to leave it alone as much as possible. Depending on the type of hearing aids you have, they should automatically adjust to different situations. However, use of the VC control is there for a reason and we encourage patients to use it as needed. Hearing aids won’t wear out any quicker than a TV remote volume button.
9. Replace the batteries before you need to
Most hearing aids give a 1 hour warning when the battery life is getting low. A set of batteries should last around 3 to 10 days, depending on use. This might surprise you at first. Don’t make the mistake of trying to stretch your batteries as long as possible, though. You should replace the batteries if you notice your hearing start to get worse.
10. Have realistic expectations
Finally, remember that you’re not getting a brand new pair of human ears. Your hearing aids are very useful tools, but they aren’t magic. Things will be louder and easier to hear than before, but you can’t expect to hear as well as someone with perfect hearing. It’s important to have realistic expectations.
However, you may feel as though your hearing aids aren’t working as they should. It’s always possible for hearing aids to develop faults or stop working. If you’re at all concerned, contact Sandia Hearing Center today. Our team of hearing professionals will examine your hearing aids and let you know what the problem is.