There’s a lot to learn when you first get hearing aids, from proper maintenance techniques to how to configure your settings in different listening environments. By practicing these essential habits, you can help ensure you get the most out of your device.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Consistently
As the saying goes, “consistency is key.” This is definitely the case when it comes to wearing your hearing aids.
Sometimes, users believe they only need to use their hearing aids in certain environments or when they really want to be sure they don’t miss something. However, sporadic use often leads to an unsatisfying user experience.
On the other hand, research shows that users who use their hearing aids more often and in different listening environments reported better hearing and greater satisfaction with their device. Only take your hearing aids out if you are sleeping or engaging in an activity where they might get wet, like swimming or showering.
Properly Care For and Store Your Device
Taking care of your hearing aids makes it more likely that they will perform at their highest quality. Make sure to wipe your hearing aids off with a soft, dry cloth or a soft-bristled brush every night after you take them out to remove unwanted moisture, earwax and other debris.
Store your hearing aids in the same place every night. Choose somewhere that is cool and dry, like in their case on your nightstand. You could also invest in a hearing aid drying box, which helps remove moisture and bacteria from your device and doubles as an excellent storage container.
Stay Powered Up
The last thing you want is for your hearing aid battery to die when you’re in an important meeting or out celebrating your spouse’s birthday at French Market Grille. To prevent this, make sure to carry around extra batteries with you in your purse or car when you go out and keep a few at work in a desk or locker as well.
If you use rechargeable hearing aids, make sure to charge them every night before bed to ensure they are ready each morning.
Contact Your Audiologist if You’re Having Problems
When it comes to hearing loss, it’s important to be proactive. If your hearing aids are causing discomfort, or you are experiencing unpleasant feedback or weak sound, make an appointment with your audiologist. By addressing problems as early as possible, you are ensuring that you get the most help and satisfaction from your hearing aids.
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