3 Mistakes New Hearing Aid Owners Make Posted on February 16, 2022 by Advanced ENT & Allergy If you are new to hearing aids, you might be struggling to adjust to your new way of hearing the world around you. These struggles can be amplified by some mistakes many first-time users often make. Let’s take a look at three of the most common missteps so you know what to avoid. Not Taking the Time to Learn About Your Device Some users think they can pop in their hearing aids the first day they get them, head out to dinner at Femmina Italian Grill and experience perfect hearing. This is not the case. Modern hearing aid technology continues to advance, and it’s important to learn things like how to activate Bluetooth™ or use noise filters to get the most out of your device. Read through your instruction manual and spend some time experimenting with the settings and features to get a feel for it. Being Impatient Research shows that users take time to adjust to a new device and that the benefits improve over the first 10 weeks of use. However, many hearing aid users can become impatient with their device if it doesn’t work exactly how they hoped right away. Some may even see it as a reason to stop using them altogether. This is a mistake. Instead, try to begin slowly and make sure to wear your hearing aids consistently. Start in quiet settings with just your spouse or a friend and see what sounds right and what isn’t working. Ask them about the volume of your voice when you respond. Track your progress and make note of any issues you continue to experience. If they last more than several weeks, let your hearing specialist know and they can make any needed adjustments. Not Practicing Proper Hearing Aid Maintenance If you don’t make sure your device is properly cared for, you’re guaranteed to have problems. It’s essential to develop a nightly cleaning routine to remove excess moisture and other debris. Use a soft, dry cloth or invest in a hearing aid cleaning kit.Store your device in a cool and moisture-free environment like a drying box or in a case on your nightstand.Have regular checkups with your hearing aid expert every six months to a year. Taking the time to care for your aids now will go a long way towards maximizing your hearing experience for years to come. If you have additional questions about hearing aids or wish to make an appointment with one of our experts, call Advanced ENT & Allergy today. Back-to-School Checklist for Children with Hearing AidsMay is Better Hearing & Speech MonthHow Are Animals Helping Scientists Improve Hearing Aids?