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Common Hearing Aid Mistakes

If you've worked with a doctor and been fitted by an audiologist for your very first hearing device, the thought of increased hearing could be beyond exciting. Your eagerness, however, could lead to the below errors in use and mistakes that result in discomfort for you and damage to your device.

Not Enough Prep Time

After a few moments with the device, you want to hear all the sounds you've been missing out on. You may schedule tickets to see a favorite band or host a party. However, without sufficient prep time, initial outings can be problematic. Remember, your brain has adjusted to diminished hearing. Sudden introduction to new sounds can have a jarring and uncomfortable effect. Give your brain a chance to analyze the information it's now receiving and keep things mellow for a few days. Talk to yourself, sit in the backyard and listen to nature sounds; take it easy until you can clearly identify what you're now hearing.

Infrequent Cleaning

Even though you might have been told about cleaning wax periodically, you may forget or not realize how often cleaning is necessary. After all, cleaning a hearing aid is new to you. Over time, however, built up wax can cause real problems for the device. It could interfere with your hearing and that could mistakenly cause you to imagine the device is failing. Remember to wipe down the device as part of usual nighttime routines. Pick up a cleaning kit too.

Ignoring Humidity and Moisture

While you have no intention of deep diving with the device in your ear, you may not expect "normal" moisture and humidity to affect your device. You may put it right on the sink while the bathroom steams up during a shower or wear it during your grueling daily jogs. These actions can introduce excess moisture which is terrible for inner device components like the battery. If you need to wear your device during heavy exercise, a protective sleeve is vital. Special cases with dehumidifying qualities are also good for times when the device isn't in your ear.

Taking Them Out

After being so excited to wear the device, it might not sit comfortably in your ear or you might just be a little overwhelmed by it. You might find yourself keeping it in its case for hours every day. This can not only necessitate a longer adjustment period but create a feeling that the device just doesn't work for you. Being patient during this time is important, and wearing the device often is too. If you're concerned about fit, visit the audiologist for an assessment.

Your comfort with and knowledge of your new device takes time. Discuss your progress with a audiologist and doctor, like one from Hearing Specialists of DuPage.