You consulted your audiologist and bought the best hearing aids, but now what? How do you insert the hearing aids? How do you best utilize the attached technologies?
You may have a million questions running through your mind, so here is a basic guide to learning how to use your hearing aid.
Step 1: using the manual
First, you should read the user manual to find out how your particular model is inserted in the ear and if there are any special functions you should know. Included in every Audicus instruction manual is a troubleshooting guide, or you can call 888-979-6918 if you run into further issues.
Step 2: finding your hearing aid fit
Now that you know the functionality of your hearing aid, it is time to put them to the test! Place a battery in the correct compartment, insert the ear-dome piece into the ear canal, and place the hearing aid behind your ear.
Try inserting and removing your hearing aids several times to ensure you are comfortable with their fit. Do not force the tubing into an unnatural shape, as this can cause permanent damage. It may feel odd at first, but continued discomfort should be addressed.
Some hearing aids indicate the left and right with words while others use the color red for the right ear and blue for the left ear. It may seem like a simple mistake, but the hearing aids are only useful when in the correct ear. You can now flip the switch, turn your hearing aid on, and wait for the improved hearing!
Step 3: adjusting the sound settings
Familiarize yourself with the settings of your device. Some hearing aids have actual buttons on them, and due to their small size, may be difficult to read, making the manual even more important.
As a bonus accessory, hearing aids may come with a remote that helps to adjust the volume or change the setting based on your location or situation. When having an intimate conversation, the setting should be changed from the outdoor setting to provide the crispest hearing possible.
To better help you, many hearing aids allow you to save your preferences so your care can be individualized. Others even automatically adjust to the correct setting for your environment.
Troubleshooting for first time hearing aid users
As with any new technology, there may be a learning curve attached to using your hearing aid. There are some common issues you may run into, but don’t panic!
If your hearing aid does not work at first, try replacing the battery before turning to more drastic measures. Many hearing aids come with a warranty; so don’t be afraid to contact your manufacturer.
You may also experience issues within your own ears. It is normal to experience an excess of earwax, but there should be no blood or fluid in your ears.
You should consult a physician in this case, and also in the case of dizziness, fluctuations of your “normal” hearing levels, and pain or ringing in your ears. The hearing aids are meant to help, not hurt!