Man adjusting to new hearing aids by adjusting volume on his smartphone.

So you finally went out and invested in a new set of hearing aids. Taking the first step to improve your Quality of life is a great accomplishment. Modern hearing aids are newer technology and there are things you should learn to do and things that you should learn not to do. It’s not a long list when it comes to hearing aids, but it is a significant one.

It’s not just about caring for your hearing aids, either. The things you fail to do can make the devices less useful or slow down your adjustment time. Now learn from the mistakes others in your shoes have made; contemplate these four things you shouldn’t do with those new hearing aids.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

You may be ignoring powerful features if you don’t put in the time to understand the basics of how your hearing aid works and check out the features that come with the brand. More than likely, your hearing aids won’t work effectively if you just turn them on and start wearing them. Bluetooth and noise filters are a few of the best features that you may also overlook.

Conversely, if you simply slow it down a bit and read the included documentation, you can figure out how to attain the cleanest sound quality and work on various configurations that maximize the hearing aid’s function.

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

2. It Takes Time For Your Ears to Adjust

Your eyes need to adapt to the difference in the lenses and the shape of the frame when you get a new pair of glasses. The same is true for hearing aids. Many new hearing aid owners believe they will instantly enjoy this magical new sound quality. It doesn’t work that way.

If you haven’t ever worn hearing aids, it’s a significant difference and your ears will need some time to adjust. Quick adaptation depends on consistent use.

Put them in and leave them in place. Often, new users feel an urge to keep taking them out. That urge needs to be resisted. Ask yourself why you might be uncomfortable.

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

Don’t make a huge mistake and give up on your hearing aid. 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

Finding the right hearing aids begins before you start actually shopping and there is a lot to it. If you are not telling the truth about what you can and can’t hear during the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s a problem. You might wind up with hearing aids that aren’t right for your level or type of hearing loss. Some hearing aids pick up a high-frequency sound by design for instance. If your hearing loss impedes your ability to hear mid-range or low tones, the hearing aids won’t work right for you.

In many cases, hearing aids might not really fit your lifestyle. Maybe you spend a lot of your day talking on the phone, so you will want hearing aids with Bluetooth technology.

Take note of when you think your hearing aids aren’t working right or you wish they did something different when you’re still in the trial period. You can go back and discuss those issues with your hearing aid technician. It could just take an adjustment, or maybe you need a different type of device.

Be sure to purchase your hearing aids from a retailer that does fittings, too. If they are too big for your ears they won’t function properly.

4. Neglected Maintenance

Often poor maintenance is merely a matter of not understanding when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Even if you’ve used hearing aids before you have to take the time to learn how to take care of your new device.

After you get the hearing aids, look closely at the warning signs listed in the documentation including using hair care products with your hearing aids in or failing to turn them off when you remove it.

Always, read the troubleshooting instructions and the maintenance guide.

Keeping it clean is an important part of caring for hearing aids, so be sure to understand all the hows and whys. The hearing aid is not the only thing that needs to be cleaned. Correctly cleaning your ears is important too.

You have to take the initiative if you want to get the most from your hearing aids. It’s a continuing process from shopping to use. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to learn what kind of hearing aid will work best for you.