Imagine coming home after a long day, only to discover that you’re unable to easily put on your hearing aids. Even worse, what if you cannot turn them off or adapt them to fit various environments? Don’t let this frustrating scenario become your reality.
The success of your hearing aid fitting depends on your knowledge of how to handle your hearing aids. Let us assist you.
Mastering the Basics
Before leaving the clinic, ensure you’re entirely comfortable with the basics:
Inserting and Removing:
Double-check your comfort level by placing your hearing aids in and taking them out. If you’re unsure, practice a few more times. It might also be beneficial for a family member or friend to learn the process, providing an extra layer of support when you’re home.
While some might be tempted to wear their hearing aids immediately, it’s often recommended to wait, especially if you’re in a noisy environment.
Distinguishing Between Ears:
Each hearing aid is tailored for a specific ear, and it’s crucial to place them correctly. Typically, a red marker indicates the right ear and blue for the left. If you mistakenly try to fit the wrong hearing aid, it won’t fit comfortably or might sit awkwardly.
Having a basic understanding of battery replacement is essential. Given their small size, using the magnetized tool from your maintenance kit can simplify the process. Always ensure the battery is oriented correctly to avoid damaging the device.
Questions You Might Want to Ask:
It’s always beneficial to have a set of questions ready for your clinician. Here are some essential queries to consider:
How Long Can I Try Them Out?
Ask about the trial period. Is it a month? Maybe a bit longer? Be sure to note the end date, so you don’t forget. In some cases, you may even be asked to sign a contract acknowledging that you understand the trial period.
What If I Get Stuck?
If you’re having a bit of a struggle with your hearing aids, there are loads of ways to get back on track. Your manual, some handy videos on your phone app, or even a quick call to the clinic can help. And if you’re feeling stuck, it’s always a great idea to return to the clinic for assistance.
Too Loud or Too Quiet?
If your hearing aids are feeling a bit too loud or maybe too quiet, you can adjust them. There might be a button or even a phone app that can help. And if they’re still not quite right, let your clinician know.
Always know when your next appointment is. Document it and ensure you have the clinic’s contact details should you need to reschedule.
Addressing Damages or Loss
To effectively deal with damages or loss of your hearing aid, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the warranty terms. This way, you will be well-prepared to take the necessary steps if circumstances such as water exposure or damage occur.
And there you have it! With a bit of preparation and asking the right questions, you’ll be all set to enjoy life with your new hearing aids. In the end, it’s all about discovering what suits you best. So, don’t hesitate to seek clarification by posing inquiries.