There are a lot of benefits to wearing hearing aids. And just like breaking in a new pair of shoes, getting used to your new hearing aids takes time—and the process is different for everyone—but the rewards are more than worth it.
We have put together some helpful information about exactly what you can expect the first few weeks after purchasing devices. Plus, learn about some useful features that you might not know about!
What’s one unexpected thing that new hearing aid users often don’t know?
When we haven’t heard sounds in a long time and then put on hearing aids, our brains don’t immediately remember how to tune out the sounds that aren’t as important, such as footsteps or air conditioning humming. It takes time for your brain to adjust.
Your voice may sound different at first.
While hearing correction helps how you hear others, hearing aids also make your own voice sound different. You will hear yourself better, and it may be louder than you are used to. The more you use them, the more accustomed to your new voice you will become.
Clean your hearing aids regularly.
The one thing new users should know is that they have to make sure that they are cleaning their devices regularly especially the microphones. These are always the first thing we check when patients come in to the office saying that their aids are not working for them.
How can hearing aid users make the most of their hearing aids?
Don’t be afraid to ask for adjustments.
Use your hearing aids every day, all day long. Soon you will be accustomed to the feeling in your ears, as well as all the new and different sounds you are hearing. If anything is uncomfortably loud or continues to bother you, tell your hearing specialist so they can help with adjustments.
Wear them all day.
To get the most out of their hearing aids, users need to be wearing them from the time they get up to the time they go to bed. This will give them the maximum opportunity to hear the best.
How soon can I upgrade?
Many patients think their hearing aids will last forever, or at least ten years, however hearing aid technology advances much more rapidly than that. The advantages of improvements in technology have great potential to benefit our patients every two or three years.
Following the advice of our experts, there are a few key things you can do to ensure your journey to better hearing is both smooth and enjoyable. Remember: ask questions, learn what today’s technology can do for you, and make sure you have realistic expectations of both the capabilities and limitations of hearing aids. This will help greatly improve your experience with hearing aids.
Do you suspect that you may be experiencing hearing loss? Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.