Whether you've just recently been fitted for hearing aids or you're just starting the journey with your audiologist, the better prepared you are for the transition, the more successful it will be. That being said, there are certain things that many new hearing aid users don't think about or may not realize. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your hearing aids and make the transition easier.
Remember That They Take Time To Get Used To
Your hearing loss took place gradually, so you had lots of time to get used to your diminishing hearing. When you get a hearing aid, you're getting full sound levels back all at once. That can be overwhelming and it can make a somewhat busy environment hard to keep up with. Be patient with yourself as you adjust, remembering that it will take time to get used to hearing things clearly again. The more you wear the hearing aids, the easier it will be.
Minimize Moisture Exposure
Remember that your hearing aids are electronics. Moisture exposure with electronics is a serious concern. Any moisture can cause damage to the circuits inside the unit. The same applies to spraying hairspray or anything similar around your hearing aid. Leave your hearing aid in a dry, secure place while you shower and get ready for the day to minimize the risk of these types of problems.
Keep The Hearing Aids Out Of Extreme Weather
Like any other electronics, your hearing aids are vulnerable to damage from extreme heat and cold. Don't leave the hearing aid in your car or anywhere outside. Always keep it indoors, in an area that's room temperature. That way, you don't risk unnecessary wear and tear.
Speak Up If There's A Problem
Whether your hearing aid is uncomfortable or it's just not working the way that it used to, don't be afraid to call your audiologist. Routine follow-ups are important, because that's the only way that you'll continue hearing at your best. Remember that your audiologist can't hear what you do, so it's up to you to be your own advocate. If something isn't right, doesn't feel comfortable, or otherwise bothers you, the only way to fix it is to say something to your audiologist so that it can be addressed.
These are just a few keys to helping make your hearing aid transition a good one. Talk with your audiologist today for more guidance.