If you’ve just obtained your new hearing aids, congratulations on taking the right step towards reclaiming your hearing. The next hurdle that you need to go through is adjusting to the device(s). There are some things you’ll need to know and there are some other things that you’ll need to start getting used to. Your audiologist may have already told you some of these. Check them out below
Cleaning your hearing aids
As you well know, the ear canal contains little amounts of ear wax secreted from the inner ear. Now that you’ll be fitting you hearing aids in the canal (especially the receiver), you’ll need to clean your hearing aids regularly, and your ears as well. The latter we’re sure you know how to do. To clean your hearing aids, wipe them gently with a soft absorbent cloth or with some cotton wool. Don’t use anything abrasive lest you leave scratches on the devices.
Fitting the aids properly
It’s important that you fit the hearing aids properly. The receiver should fit snugly inside the canal without moving about. This will prevent it from falling off and probably getting damaged. If you’re having serious trouble getting your hearing aids to fit, visit your audiologist. They can create a custom mould for the receiver to ensure a perfect fit for you.
Adjusting microphone volume
Another thing you’ll need to do is to learn how to adjust your aids’ microphone volume. In the beginning you’re going to find yourself tinkering with the volume adjuster constantly. However, soon enough you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll master how to find the right balance. That is, you’re going to find the right microphone volume to use most of the time. And then you’ll only need to adjust the aids when your environment changes drastically in terms of noise.
Changing the batteries
Hearing aids use batteries to function. Your audiologist will advise you on how long the batteries should last with normal use. You’ll need to learn how to change them by yourself when they do run out of juice. This is the most convenient approach because your batteries may run out at night or when you’re travelling. So don’t expect your audiologist to replace them for you every time. Besides, it’s very simple to do.
Tweaking your aids to the environment around you
Lastly, you’ll also need to learn how to adjust your hearing aids to the different environments around you. For example, if you go into a very noisy pub or a club, your microphone will pick up too much noise. You’ll then need to turn the volume down a bit. The opposite will happen if you’re listening to someone farther off. And in some other cases, when outdoors, the wind may interfere with the microphone forcing you to turn the microphone up a bit.
If you’re having serious problems with your hearing aids, talk to your audiologist and they’ll guide you on what to do. Your product manual will also help you with operating the aids.
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