8 Tips for Using and Adjusting to a New Hearing Aid

Learn How to Make the Most of Your New Hearing Aid

It takes some time to get adjusted to using a hearing aid, let alone how to troubleshoot common problems with the device. Though everyone adjusts at their own speed, most physicians find that the learning curve is longest with those with larger degrees of hearing loss who have never used a hearing aid before. The following tips will help you make a smooth and quick adjustment to using a hearing on a regular basis. For answers to your device-specific questions, consult your doctor.

Learn the Features

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Take some time while you are still with the audiologist who sold you the hearing aid to learn everything you can about it. Practice replacing the batteries, cleaning the hearing aid, and telling the left hearing aid from the right. The more questions you can ask your audiologist at the first fitting, the more you can learn without resorting to trial-and-error. You might consider bringing a pen and paper to write down any hearing aid tips your doctor gives you.

Learn to Adjust It

Learn how to adjust your hearing aid for different situations like watching television or entering a loud room. At your appointment, you may even ask to walk outside where there may be more noise from traffic and have someone talk to you. Take the opportunity to test what you've learned in the office before leaving with your new hearing aid.

Practice Listening

Even though hearing aids improve your hearing, they do not bring it back to normal, and will take some getting used to. Try to gradually get accustomed to all of the new sounds you are hearing by starting in a quiet space and moving on to different activities when you're ready.

Start Slowly

If you get a new hearing aid and instantly go into a complex sound environment (like a restaurant), it may be confusing and frustrating. Start by listening to TV or radio and give yourself time to understand how the hearing aid changes what you hear. Eventually your brain will get very good at filtering the sound.

Don't Overdo It

Some people find hearing aids uncomfortable at first. Ask how long you should wear your hearing aid each day while you are adjusting. Depending on the type of hearing aid you have, it may take a few days or more to become used to wearing a hearing aid.

When Your Voice Seems Loud...

Using a hearing aid will change how your own voice sounds to you. Try reading aloud to yourself to get accustomed to the sound and find the appropriate volume. Most users get used to the change with time and no longer notice it. Your audiologist may be able to make an adjustment.

When Background Noise Is Loud...

If background noise or noise that you do not want to hear is too loud, you may need to have an adjustment made on your hearing aid.

When You Hear Buzzing From Your Cell Phone...

Though your new hearing aid should be designed to comply with the Standards of International Electromagnetic Compatibility, not all cell phones are compatible with hearing aids and can cause whistling and buzzing sounds when in use. It is a good idea to take your cell phone with you to test it on your new hearing aid.

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