If you have hearing loss it can often be a long journey towards finding the treatment you need. Perhaps the most difficult hurdle is accepting that you have hearing loss in the first place. It takes most people on average, seven to ten years from the time they suspect they have a hearing loss to finally seek treatment.
However, if you have recently scheduled an appointment to have your hearing tested then you are well on your way to finding relief from the stress and fatigue which often accompanies hearing loss. A hearing test may feel overwhelming at first, but if you know what to expect it can minimize anxiety and actually give you some important tools to get the most out of your hearing exam.
Having questions prepared ahead of time can help you feel prepared and poised to get the best results possible for your hearing health.
How to Care for My New Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are a huge investment, but they are an incredibly important one. A reliable set of hearing aids that is programmed for your individual hearing loss can allow you to connect to the people in your life at home and at work. They can improve the quality of your interactions and help you fight depression, feelings of low self-worth and give you a greater sense of confidence. You are going to want to know the best way to care for your hearing aids, to ensure that they perform their best and stay working for you, as long as possible.
What we tell most people is that It’s important to add cleaning and an inspection of your hearing aids to your evening routine. Just as you wash your face and brush your teeth, take a few extra minutes to examine your hearing aids. Are there any cracks or missing parts? Is there any buildup of dirt, or earwax? Wipe away any dirt with a soft dry cloth. If you see any cracks, contact us so we can fix the problem before the moisture has a chance to collect and cause more serious issues.
How Often Should I Wear My Hearing Aids?
When you are first getting used to hearing aids you will want to start slowly. A few hours here and there while you adjust to hearing sounds you may not have heard in a decade or more. Even the sound of your own voice may surprise you at first. However, after a couple of weeks, you should be used to your hearing aids and ready to wear them most of the time. For most people, it is recommended that you wear your hearing aids from the moment you rise out of bed till the time you go to sleep. The only time during the day that hearing aids should be removed is when you are swimming or bathing.
In these instances, carry a waterproof case, to make sure that nothing unexpected can happen to your important devices. When your hearing aids are in, you can be ready for the unexpected: A knock on the door, a phone ringing, an approaching vehicle. Hearing is a safety issue as well as a communication issue. Make sure to be ready for whatever comes your way with hearing aids.
Do I Need to Change My Hearing Aid Battery?
Many modern hearing aids now use rechargeable batteries to provide power to your devices. For these devices, you simply need to make sure to plug your hearing aids in overnight and you should have enough power to get you through the day. However, many models still require you to change the battery every three to five days. If your hearing aids require new batteries, we will walk you through the steps to make sure you feel confident in knowing when and how to change the batteries on your hearing aids.
Will I Need A Follow Up Appointment?
When you invest in your hearing aids, we are there for you whenever you need us. It may take a few tries before we can hone the perfect program for your hearing loss. Everyone’s hearing loss is just a little different, but with an audiogram and our expert specialists, we should be able to have you hearing clearly after just a few adjustments. Of course, when things do go wrong, we can help you with adjustments and repairs. Over time, even with treatment, your hearing may change. If your hearing aids gradually don’t seem as clear as they used to be, make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Feel confident and rest assured that we are here to help you every step of the way to make sure you find the best treatment for your hearing loss. If you haven’t already, now is the best time to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards healthy hearing.