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How to Use Hearing Aid Devices?

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When buying a hearing aid for the first time, it can be something of a challenging time when you’ve never worn one before. Hopefully, if you’ve gone about it in the right way, you’ll have all the information you need when it comes to getting a hearing aid. If not, and you’re wondering about getting one, then it’s worth knowing how you can go about getting one and how to use hearing aid devices.

Asking questions when buying a hearing aid device

When it comes to buying a hearing aid device, your hearing instrument specialist (HIS) will likely talk you through all the available device options. There are so many different ones available nowadays that you might be surprised by just how many there are to choose from. There are certainly questions worth asking if they don’t already get covered during your consultation and appointment with the HIS. 

These can be what types of features you’re looking for in the hearing aids. You may want to think about your budget. Some hearing aids will have longer trial periods than others so that’s also something worth factoring in too.

You should check the warranty on the hearing aids and any adjustments that might need to be made to your hearing aid.

Getting your hearing aids

Once you’ve got your hearing aids, it’s important to become familiar with the features and to make sure that you’re getting plenty of help when it comes to the basics of putting your hearing aids in and taking them out. You want to think about identifying your hearing aids from right to left and replacing the batteries when needed. You’ll also have to adapt them to different noise levels and these might need programming for any sounds that are new or that you’ve not experienced with the hearing aids in yet.

There might be some problems when using your hearing aids for the first time, which are worth noting. It might be that they feel uncomfortable but sometimes they take a little while to adjust to it. The voices may sound too loud, again this could be a simple point of needing to get used to them, but it could also be that they need to be re-programmed.

How to use hearing aid devices

When getting your hearing aids for the first time, there are some helpful pointers that will make adapting to it a lot easier. Ask people to speak clearly when they’re talking to you but to avoid shouting. This will help make conversations easier and not more irritating for you having to deal with the volume issues. 

Face the person when speaking to someone so that you’re focusing on where the sound is coming from. Stand around three to six feet away from the person speaking where possible. The closer you are to someone, the better the microphone in the hearing aid will pick up the sound. Don’t be afraid to ask people to repeat themselves as you’re adjusting to the sound and the device itself.

It may also be useful to ask the speaker to slow down and to keep calm and patient when using your hearing aids for the first time. It can be quite the experience to hear clearly for the first time in a while if you’ve got severe hearing loss, so take your time.

How to take care of your hearing aids

Hearing aids are something that you’ll want to take care of when it comes to handling them. After all, they are electronic, so you should be attentive when it comes to keeping your hearing aids away from heat and moisture. Cleaning your hearing aids is something you’ll want to check in with when it comes to your hearing instrument specialist. 

They may be able to give you more of a detailed approached for cleaning your hearing aids properly and without causing any unwanted damage. It’s good to keep your hearing aids off when they’re not in use and to replace any dead batteries immediately.

Getting a hearing aid is something that you certainly want to consider doing if you find that your hearing has been affected in any way. If you’ve got any queries or questions about getting a hearing aid, then it’s worth getting in touch with Sound Choice Hearing at 505-341-1300. Getting the advice of a hearing aid specialist might be just what you need when it comes to your hearing needs.