With 10 million people in the UK suffering from some form of hearing loss, the use of hearing aids is more popular than ever. We know that losing your hearing can be a frightening and challenging time, and it’s important to make your transition to using a hearing aid as smooth as possible. If you’ve recently began to wear a hearing aid, you may find yourself with a lot of questions. Here are our top tips to help you get started:
Follow your audiologist’s advice
An adjustment period is inevitable when you start wearing your hearing aid, and it can be difficult to get used to at first. Make sure you follow your audiologist’s advice regarding how long you should wear it and how it should be taken care of. Don’t hesitate to contact your audiologist with any queries you might have, or if you experience any issues with your hearing aid. They will always be more than happy to help.
You won’t get used to wearing your hearing aid overnight – after all, you now have something in your ear that wasn’t there before. Although this new experience may be frustrating at times, try to be patient during your adjustment period. Be aware that you might hear new sounds when you first begin wearing your hearing aid. Sounds will also be louder, and you may hear background noises that you didn’t notice before. Give yourself time to get used to your hearing aid and your hearing health will thank you.
Don’t adjust the volume too frequently
Modern hearing aids will adjust the volume when they are switched on, meaning you won’t have to tinker too much with this on a frequent basis. While you may feel like turning your hearing aid up or down in certain environments, try to avoid doing this as it could further damage your hearing.
Join in conversations
When you have hearing issues, it’s easy to become less involved in conversations than you would like. Now that you have your new hearing aid, try to actively participate in discussions around you when you can. This will not only help you get used to your new device, but will also be a confidence-booster during the early days of wearing your hearing aid.
Keep your hearing aid in good condition
By keeping your hearing aid in good condition, it will last longer and will be less likely to cause you any issues. Make sure you change the batteries regularly and clean the hearing aid frequently. Store it in a dry place and keep it away from water – it’s best to remove your hearing aid for showering or swimming to prevent moisture damage, which may lead to malfunction.
Schedule a follow-up appointment with your audiologist
A follow-up appointment will allow your hearing aid to be adjusted if something doesn’t feel right. While some mild discomfort may occur when you begin wearing one, you should never experience pain. Tell your audiologist about any issues you have, including discomfort, irritation or feedback noise. They’ll provide advice and guidance that will make your transition easier.
Get support from friends and family
Loss of hearing can be an isolating experience and adjusting to a hearing aid will take time. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family about any struggles you are facing – your hearing loss affects them too, and making them aware of your transition will make the process an easier one for everyone involved.
Make sure it’s right for you
It’s important that your hearing aid is the right one for you. Avid Hearing offer a 60 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Contact us for more information on the services we offer, and to find out more about our quality range of hearing aids.