If you are new to hearing aids, it can be helpful to find ways to get into a good daily routine so that you adjust quickly and get the most out of them.
Wear Your Hearing Aid Consistently
Though this may seem like an obvious tip, some hearing aid users only wear their device intermittently or in certain situations. Sporadic use makes it more difficult for your ears and brain to adjust to a new way of hearing.
On the other hand, research has shown that users who use their hearing aids more often and in different listening environments reported better hearing and greater satisfaction with their device.
Prevent Your Device from Losing Power
The last thing you want is for your hearing aid battery to die when you’re in an important meeting or out celebrating with friends at Sutter’s Mill Restaurant. You can prevent this by making sure to carry around extra batteries with you in your purse or car when you go out.
If you have rechargeable hearing aids, make sure to put your hearing aids in their charger every night before bed to ensure they are fully charged each morning.
Store Your Hearing Aids Safely
Whenever you are not wearing your hearing aids (such as when you are sleeping or taking a shower), make sure to store them in a cool, dry place. You can place them back in their case or in a designated spot on your nightstand. Just make sure whatever you decide that they are far away from any moisture or heat and try to use the same place every night so that you remember where you put them.
Be Proactive About Addressing Any Problems
Growing pains are common during the first few weeks of having hearing aids. Most issues should resolve themselves with consistent use. However, if you are experiencing problems like ongoing discomfort, excessive feedback or poor hearing quality, call your audiologist. There may be an issue with your device, or perhaps you just need your settings adjusted. Whatever the case, the sooner you address the issue, the sooner you can experience better hearing.
Be Open About Your Hearing Loss
When you have hearing loss, it’s important to be your own best advocate. Even with hearing aids, you might still find yourself in certain environments where it’s harder to hear. By being open with others about your needs, they may be able to offer you additional accommodations and work with you to make sure you have what you need to communicate effectively.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Decibel Hearing Services today.