It’s not uncommon for first-time hearing aid users to have some growing pains as they adapt to life with their new device. Sometimes it may be actions that you are taking (or not taking) that can lead to problems. Let’s take a look at three common mistakes first-time users make so you can know what to avoid.
Not Communicating Your Needs to Your Audiologist
Audiologists are not just there to diagnose hearing loss, but to help you through the entire process of being fitted with new hearing aids. It’s important that they know exactly what your needs are. Let them know how active you are, what kind of technology you’d like your device to have, and what sounds you most want to hear.
Tell them about any issues you experience during the fitting or trial process. Let them know if the fit doesn’t feel right or if anything else is particularly bothersome. The most effective hearing aids are the ones that are personalized to meet your individual needs.
Not Reading the Instructions
Your audiologist isn’t the only source you have to help you as you adjust to your new way of hearing the world. Your device will come with instructions from the manufacturer and it’s helpful to read through those as opposed to just popping them in your ears and going about your day.
Learn about your specific hearing aid technology features like Bluetooth™ capabilities, noise filters and how to make necessary adjustments. Taking time, in the beginning, to better understand your device will cut down on stress in the long run.
Impatience During the Adjustment Phase
Research shows that users take time to adjust to new hearing aids and that the benefits improve over the first 10 weeks of use.
However, it’s normal to feel impatient or disappointed not to have perfect results right away. You may find yourself bothered by how loud it is in Aztec Lanes, or struggle with background noise at first.
You’ll have to spend some time seeing what settings work best for you in different environments. Be patient and keep notes of any issues you encounter. If you’re still having problems after a few weeks, give your audiologist a call to see if they need to make any adjustments.
For additional questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact San Diego Hearing Center today.