Wednesday 17 August 2022

Getting Used To Life As A Hearing Aid User

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Hearing problems can affect us at any age, for a wide range of reasons. Whatever the cause is, the proposed solution is almost always going to be the use of a hearing aid. The quality of life improvements that a hearing aid represents can be nothing short of extraordinary but it can take some time to get used to those changes. Here, we’re going to look at some of the ways you get a little more acclimated with your own devices.

Adjust how you use them

Wearing your hearing aids for the first time can be intense. The changes can be overwhelming and your ability to hear sounds that you previously couldn’t may even be disorienting. However, this will all go away with time. Audiologists and other hearing health specialists will routinely recommend not wearing your hearing aids all the time when you first get them. You can wear them for just a few hours each day, at first, and only in quieter locations like your own home. However, as you get used to them, you can comfortably wear them for longer, in new places, until you’re able to wear them all day, except for when you’re sleeping or in the bathroom.

Take good care of them

It’s important to make sure that your schedule begins to incorporate the maintenance and care that your hearing aids require every day to work at their best. The most important of these steps is to use your cleaning kit to make sure it stays free of dirt, debris, and earwax. Taking it out when you use the bathroom and taking the batteries out when you’re not using it is important, too. The technology inside hearing aids can be delicate, so it’s a good idea to learn about the types of hearing aid repairs and which of them you can do at home. For the others, having a good audiologist can ensure that your device is up and running in no time after a malfunction.

Learn how to operate them

The technology within hearing aids is pretty advanced. For those who might not feel as technological savvy, you might be missing out on a range of options that can help you optimize your hearing experience to the environments that you’re in. However, many hearing aids come with apps or are compatible with hearing aid apps that can allow you to easily adjust them and change their settings through your smartphone or other digital devices that you can connect. You can always ask your audiologist to help you learn how to set profiles or otherwise fit the hearing aid better to your changing needs, as well. It can help you get even more comfortable with using them in different environments.

It’s worth taking the time to get comfortable with your hearing aids and to ensure that you’re able to use them fully. Untreated hearing loss can have some drastic knock-on effects on your health, so you should make sure that you’re giving your hearing aids a proper chance.

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