Six Mistakes To Avoid When You're Adjusting To Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are highly effective at restoring a patient's hearing, but they can take some getting used to. It's important that patients take some time to adjust to their new hearing aids, before they start depending on them and wearing them all the time.

Unfortunately, a lot of patients make some simple mistakes that make transitioning to hearing aids more difficult than it should be. The following are six mistakes you should avoid if you're adjusting to new hearing aids:

Starting Out by Wearing Hearing Aids All the Time

It's best to gradually become accustomed to hearing aids, rather than trying to use them all the time right away. When you're starting out, put them in for only a few hours at a time, and then build up to wearing them all the time. 

Putting Yourself in Noisy Situations Right Away

Of course, hearing aids are going to make your hearing much more keen. If you start out in noisy situations, this might feel overwhelming.

You should start using your hearing aids in quiet situations, and then work your way up to handling hearing aids in more noisy situations. 

Fussing with the Volume

A lot of patients are tempted to make frequent changes to the volume adjustment on their hearing aids when they're first getting used to them. However, this increases the chances that your hearing aid will malfunction, while also making it more difficult to adjust to hearing aids.

You should not try to use your hearing aids to hear better than a normal set of ears by raising the volume to improve your hearing. Simply adjust your hearing aid to the appropriate volume, and leave it at that, so your hearing aids allow you to hear normally. 

Neglecting to Put Yourself in Social Situations for Practice

One of the most difficult things in getting used to hearing aids is being out in social situations and conversing in groups. You need to practice doing this early on to help you adjust fully to your hearing aids.

Simply explain to your friends that you're adjusting to your hearing aids, and they'll understand if your responses are a little delayed, at first, in conversation.

Not Relying on Others to Get a Feel for Normal Volumes

When patients first start using hearing aids, it can be difficult for them to determine normal volume ranges for televisions and stereos.

It's a good idea to rely on other household members to set volumes properly, until you're accustomed to your hearing aids so that you adjust properly. 

Becoming Easily Discouraged with the Change

It takes time to adjust to hearing aids. While they may feel unusual at first, you will quickly get used to them and learn to optimize your hearing with them with a bit of patience and perseverance.

For more information, talk to companies like Mark Montgomery MD FACS.

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