Man adjusting to new hearing aids by adjusting volume on his smartphone.

You’ve purchased a set of new hearing aids. Well done, it’s a good start to bettering the quality of your life. There is a good deal to understand when you buy new technology like modern hearing aids, and that includes the things you shouldn’t do. The list with hearing aids is not huge, but it’s an important one.

Taking care of your hearing isn’t the only consideration. The device will be less useful and your adjustment time will be slowed by the things you fail to do. Others in your shoes have made mistakes that you can learn from. These four things that you shouldn’t do need to be taken into consideration.

1. Straight Out of the Box Into Your Ear

You might be disregarding powerful features if you don’t take some time to understand the basics of how your hearing aid functions and explore the features that come with the brand. More than likely, your hearing aids won’t work efficiently if you just turn them on and start wearing them. You might also miss out on the best features such as Bluetooth or noise filters.

You can ascertain how to get the cleanest sound quality and practice the various adjustments that improve the hearing aid’s function if you simply slow down and study the included documentation.

You will already have a basic understanding of what your hearing aids can do by the time you buy them. It will take a little more time but you need to learn how to operate them correctly.

2. Disregard the Adjustment Factor

Anytime you get a new pair of glasses, your eyes need time to adapt to the difference in the lenses or the shape of the frame. This also goes for hearing aids. Some new hearing aid owners believe they will automatically enjoy this fabulous new sound quality. That’s an unrealistic expectation.

If you’ve never worn hearing aids before, it’s a significant change and your ears will require some time to adapt. Consistency is the secret to adapting quickly to your new hearing aids.

Put them in and leave them in place. In the beginning, you may need to fight the need to remove them every few minutes. If you are uncomfortable, think about why.

  • Does the background noise seem overwhelming? Spend a few minutes in a quiet place each day when you first put them in. Sit and talk with a friend. Ask them if you are talking too loud. This will help you make adjustments to balance out the sound.
  • Until you get used to it, take out the hearing aids when it gets uncomfortable. Go back to the retailer and have your hearing aids examined if they don’t really fit right..
  • Is the audio too loud? Maybe you need to turn down the volume.

Don’t make a big mistake and give up on your hearing aid. If you just forget about your hearing aids, leaving them in a drawer somewhere, they won’t do you any good.

3. Fail to Get a Professional Fitting Upfront

There is a lot involved in finding the proper hearing aids, and it begins before you even start looking. If you are not telling the truth about what you can and can’t hear during the hearing test at the audiologist, that’s a problem. You might end up with hearing aids that aren’t the correct ones for your level or type of hearing loss. Some hearing aids pick up a high-frequency sound by design for instance. These are not the best hearing aids for you if you can’t hear mid or low tones.

In some situations, hearing aids might not seem to fit your lifestyle. Bluetooth technology is a feature that you will need if you use a phone allot.

While you are still in the trial period for your new hearing aids, take note of the times where you wished your hearing aids did something different or when it felt like they didn’t work correctly. You can go back to the hearing care technician and discuss those issues. You may need a different type of device or you could just need an adjustment.

When you purchase your hearing aids make certain to go to a retailer that does free fittings. They won’t work if they are too big for your ears.

4. Sloppy Maintenance

Often poor upkeep is simply a matter of not knowing when you should or shouldn’t do something or how to do it. Even if you’ve used hearing aids before you have to take the time to understand how to take care of your new device.

There are some things you shouldn’t do with your hearing aids in like using hair products with them in or taking them out without turning them off so read your user manual.

Don’t forget to read the maintenance guide and troubleshooting instructions.

A big part of caring for hearing aids is cleaning so be sure to understand how to do it. Don’t stop at only cleaning the device, either. Find out what the manufacturer advises for cleaning your ears, too.

You have to take the initiative if you want to get the most out of your hearing aids. The process begins as you are shopping for them and continues when you begin using them. Make an appointment with a hearing care professional to find out what type of hearing aid will work best for you.