If you recently purchased hearing aids, being excited about your new purchase is customary. However, it can be not easy to know how best to care for them and use them correctly. This article will help guide you through the four most common mistakes made by people who are new to using hearing aids. Who should read this? Anyone with a need for more information on hearing aids or looking for tips on how they work best!
1. You don’t understand the features of the hearing aid
It is essential to understand the full range of features included with your hearing aid purchase. Doing so will help you learn how best to take care of them, use them and ensure they continue working well over time. If you have questions about what type of settings can be adjusted on your device or why they exist, speak up! A good hearing instrument specialist should explain everything clearly, right down to answering any technical question at all regarding their function.
The last thing anyone wants is a product purchased after careful consideration not to work as expected because it was misused from day one. This mistake could easily cost money in repairs if damage occurs through misuse before even purchasing an extended warranty plan which might cover damages caused by misusing your hearing aids.
If you have any questions or concerns about using your new device, be sure to ask the hearing instrument specialist who fitted them for you and write down a cheat sheet of what each button does so that you can refer back to it as needed. It is also essential to keep in mind that everyone’s ears are different, and what works great for one person might not work well for another. So, be prepared to make some minor tweaks until you find the perfect settings for your individual needs.
2. You consider the adjustment period to be difficult
Many people feel that when they first receive their hearing aids, it will take them quite a while to get used to wearing and using them. This is not the case! The adjustment period for most new users should last no longer than an hour or two at most before you’re comfortable with your device in general use. Of course, everyone adjusts differently, so if you become frustrated after several hours of trying on various settings, speak up! Your hearing instrument specialist has probably already accounted for this possibility and can help walk you through any difficulties until you find what works best for your needs.
If there was honestly nothing else wrong with your hearing aid other than needing some time spent adjusting how it feels initially, something like this would not be described as a “mistake.” We all need time to change after purchasing new items simply because this is how our brains work!
3. You avoid getting a personalized device from a hearing instrument specialist
Your hearing instrument specialist is a professional, and they have no motivation to sell you an inferior product. If something does not feel right or doesn’t seem like it’s working as well as expected, speak up! They will be able to adjust the device for your needs to get the most out of what you paid for.
While certain brands may cost more than others, and some people do swear by their brand choice, this should never matter if everything else about your experience with them is good. It takes time to adjust new devices before we feel entirely comfortable using them – everyone has different backgrounds even when using identical products from the same company. No one would ever expect perfection overnight, but hearing aids should work well enough after a brief adjustment period that you can get back to enjoying life while wearing them.
4 Insufficient maintenance
Just as you should read the owner’s manual for your new car, you should also take the time to learn about how to care for and maintain your new hearing aids properly. This includes knowing when and how to clean them, what type of batteries to use (and not use), how often they need to be serviced, and more. Neglecting any part of hearing aid maintenance can lead to decreased sound quality and eventual damage that could require costly repairs.
You must follow all the manufacturer’s instructions closely when it comes to taking care of your device – this is why they are included in the purchase price! Failing to do so may result in a shortened lifespan for your hearing aids and decreased sound quality. Taking a few minutes every day to properly care for your aids will help ensure that they last as long as possible and continue to provide you with the best hearing experience possible.
We hope this post has been informative and helps you avoid making common mistakes when using your new hearing aids! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to The Hearing Aid Place for assistance on 510-768-7091.