Top 6 Hearing Aid Tips for Maximizing
​Auditory Benefits

Posted 10/17/17

About 48 million Americans (roughly 20 percent of the population) suffer
from some form of hearing loss. If you're included in this group, hearing
aids could significantly improve your qual
ity of life.  But, in order to get
the most out of your hearing aids, you need to make sure you're using
them properly. Read on to learn our top six hearing aid tips that will
​maximize auditory benefits.

Wear Them Every Day

To really reap the auditory benefits of your hearing aids, you need to wear them every day, even when you'd rather not. By wearing them every day, you'll be comfortable with them in a variety of situations. Your brain and ears will learn how to work together again, and it'll be easier to adjust to different volumes and voices.  It might be irritating to wear your hearing aids when you're talking on the phone. But, you can adjust the way you hold the phone to improve sound and prevent your hearing aids from whistling. Follow these steps to get the most out of your phone conversations:
  • Tilt the receiver edge on your cheekbone
  • Position the phone slightly over your ear
  • Make sure your phone is close to your hearing aid's microphone

Get Them Early

It's important to get hearing aids early on. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to adjust to them.
Most people wait five to seven years to admit that they're losing their hearing. It might be tempting to wait until things get really bad before admitting you need help. But, think of all the conversations and events you're missing out on without hearing aids.  Untreated hearing loss can also cause a number of other problems, including a decline in cognitive abilities and increased safety risks. For your health and safety, as well as that of the people around, it's important to take your hearing loss seriously.

Set Realistic Expectations

Remember that nothing can completely cure your hearing loss. Even with hearing aids, you'll still struggle to hear in certain situations. But, hearing aids can help you catch a lot of what you're currently missing.  Your hearing might not be restored to 100 percent. But, hearing the majority of what's being said is a lot better than the frustration and embarrassment of misunderstanding conversation.

Learn to Adjust to Your Situation

There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of your hearing aids in different social situations. Some hearing aid tips for when you're out and about include:
  • Call movie theaters ahead of time to find out if they offer hearing loop systems or other assistive devices.
  • At restaurants, ask for a table in a quiet area. Or, try to sit with your back to the noise.
  • Arrive early to conferences and seminars to sit in or near the front row.

Maintain Them Properly

One of the most important hearing aid tips you can follow is to make sure you're maintaining your hearing aids properly. You can't reap the maximum benefits from your hearing aids if they're malfunctioning from improper care.
Below are some maintenance tips every person with hearing aids should follow:
  • Avoid Moisture
    • Even a small amount of water can cause serious damage your hearing aids. Some hearing aids are water resistant, but you should still remove them when you're showering or swimming.
      • If your hearing aids come in contact with water, remove battery from the device immediately, and then use a towel or dehumidifier jar to dry it. If you don't have a dehumidifier jar, contact our office to get one
  • Never use a hair dryer or other heated device to dry the device. That can cause even more damage.
  • Keep the Batteries Clean
    • When you change the batteries in your hearing aids, be sure to clean the battery contacts with a dry cotton swab. Dirty battery contacts can lead to a poor connection and decreased performance.
      • If you feel like the batteries in your hearing aids aren't lasting long enough, make sure you are opening the battery doors when you're not wearing them. To prolong battery life, you should also store extra batteries in a safe place where they won't be jostled or accidentally punctured.
  • Keep Hearing Aids Clean
    • Earwax buildup is one of the most common causes of decreased hearing aid performance. To avoid this, clean your hearing aids frequently with a dry cotton swab, cloth, or brush. Be sure to clean both the receiver and the microphone.
      • You'll also need to replace the wax filter or wax guard regularly as well. We do this for you at your regular appointments but we can also instruct you on how to replace the guard whenever you notice earwax starting to build up on it.
  • Handle Them with Care
    • Avoid dropping your hearing aids and store them in a safe place away from children or pets. When you're cleaning them or changing the batteries, set them on a soft surface like a towel.
  • Schedule Routine Cleanings
    • Keeping your hearing aids clean on your own is important. But, routine cleanings will ensure that your hearing aids stay functional as long as possible.
      • We, as professionals, will catch things that you might have missed. We can also make adjustments to your hearing aids to ensure they are working as well as possible for you.
    • Schedule a cleaning every 4-6 months with your hearing healthcare professional. You also shouldn't hesitate to take them in as soon as you suspect something is wrong. The longer you wait, the more serious the problem will become.
Be Patient and Keep Practicing 

It will take time for you to get used to your hearing aids. It can be frustrating to not see immediate improvement. But, if you give up too soon, your hearing will only get worse.
Remember, too, that diligently following the hearing aid tips listed above will help you see improvements faster.

Need More Hearing Aid Tips?

If you are suffering from hearing loss, contact us at The Hearing Center of Ohio today to schedule a free hearing exam. We'll help you find the best solution for your needs and lifestyle.
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