Taking the steps to get your hearing tested, learn about your hearing loss, and be fitted for hearing aids is a huge accomplishment. Now that you’ve taken charge of your hearing health, it’s important to learn how to maintain your hearing aids so you can keep living the life you want to live.
- Be Honest with Your Provider: During the process of being fitted with your hearing aids your provider will go over a lot of checkpoints to make sure you’re getting exactly what you need. It’s crucial for you to be completely honest with your provider during your fitting and in the following months. Your provider wants you to feel confident and comfortable, so be vocal about what you’re feeling and ask any questions that come to mind.
- Clean Your Hearing Aids: The performance of your device can be impacted by how often, and how well, you’re cleaning your hearing aids. The best way to ensure your hearing aids are as clean as possible is to schedule regular cleanings with your provider. This is also a time where you can bring up any concerns you may have.
- Leave the Volume Alone: While you’re presented with different sounds and scenarios, especially in the first few months, you might wonder how to adjust your hearing aid volume. It is not recommended that you try to manually adjust your volume. You may risk increasing the volume too much and causing damage or lowering it too much to where the device becomes ineffective. Your device will likely adjust on its own, depending on the situation.
- Take Advantage of Looping Systems: Looping systems are a great solution to help you feel connected to the world, especially in public settings. This technology sends wireless signals that can be picked up by many hearing aids to filter out background noise in places like theaters, museums, and meeting rooms. Use these systems when they’re available so you don’t miss key details and conversations.
- Practice Listening Exercises: Listening exercises can help you feel more comfortable with your hearing aids. You can sit in one room of your house, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds in your home. Try to see if you can tell where those sounds are coming from. You could also try listening to a friend or family member speak while your eyes are closed and see how well you can focus on just what they’re saying.
Finding the right settings for your hearing aids will help you connect with loved ones and enjoy daily activities. The best way to make sure you have the correct fit and the perfect settings is by visiting your hearing care provider and letting them know your goals, concerns, and needs.
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