Your hearing aid is an advanced piece of technology which can maximize your hearing experience. To help you make the most of your hearing device, we have compiled a list of tips, as well as do’s and don’ts. Read on, whether you’re a first time hearing aid user or a long-time wearer.
- Firstly, make sure your device has been fitted professionally. It was chosen to suit your hearing loss and lifestyle. Take the time to get to know it’s features, enabling the best hearing experience possible.
- Gradually get used to different noise levels and situations. Some features help you focus by reducing distracting background noise.
- If you suffer with tinnitus, check for features that help cancel it out.
- Loud sounds will be jarring at first, and busy environments tiring. Be patient; your tolerance will improve.
- If your voice sounds different to you, don’t worry, you will adjust to this!
- Learn about apps, Bluetooth functions and find out where you can connect to hearing loops (usually theaters, cinemas and sporting centres).
- If the skin of the ear feels irritated, check for any scratches in the ear canal and check your device for mold.
- Gently clean and dry your aid and your ears. If irritation persists, contact your hearing center as you could have an allergy to one of the hearing aid materials.
When to wear and when not to
It is recommended to wear hearing aids most of the day. However, if this is your first pair you will need to build up the time you feel comfortable with them in. But remember, it can take a while to get used the sensation of hearing with them and also with how it fits.
There are times it is not recommended to wear your hearing aids…
- Whilst you sleep – it is best to give your ears a rest.
- Avoid wearing in humid environments, whilst near to water i.e swimming or showering and when playing sports.
- When applying hairspray, sun lotion, perfume or cosmetics.
Hearing Aid Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t keep hearing aids or batteries in reach of dogs or children.
- Don’t expect to hear everything perfectly, it would be overwhelming if nothing was filtered out.
- Do a quick check when you put them; rub your hands together near each ear. Can you hear this on both sides?
- Do keep spare batteries.
- Do dab baby oil in the ear to help insert your device easier.
- Do make the effort to listen to people, not just hear. Watch body language, their mouth and hand movements too.
- Do try these exercises to adjust to wearing hearing aids:
- With eyes closed, work out where something is by its sound only.
- Eyes closed, see if you can tell the difference between sounds of speech.
- Listen to an audio-book and read along at the same time.
- Watch television with subtitles.
Hearing Aid Maintenance
- Clean away earwax, grease and moisture using a soft cloth, or cleaning tools.
- Store switched off and in a cool dry place with battery compartment open.
- Use a damp (NOT WET) cloth to clean receiver tube and dome.
- If any parts look discolored or feel brittle contact your hearing center.
Above all, do persevere with your hearing aids. It takes time to get used to them, but amongst other health benefits they can help keep your brain sharp for longer. If you would like further advice on any of the points raised, please do get in touch. Request an appointment today, or call us on (507) 208-7002.