When you have plucked up the courage to see an hearing instrument specialist (HIS) because your hearing is letting you down, the last thing you need is for it to all go wrong in your management of your hearing aids. It’s very easy to make mistakes in your health but when you’ve gone and got the help, you need to make sure that you are doing everything that you can to keep your hearing aids working. Your hearing instrument specialist should take you through what you need to know about looking after your hearing aids, but that doesn't mean you’ll get it right all the time.

The first thing to know is that it’s perfectly fine to make mistakes; you’ll learn from those mistakes and caring for your hearing takes a little time to get used to. The good news is that your hearing aids don't have many mistakes that you can make with them. You need your hearing aids to be useful and the best way to do that is to ensure that you learn from any mistakes that you make. Below, we’ve got a list of the four most frequent mistakes that hearing aid owners make with regard to their hearing aids. 

You’re Putting Them in Right Away

The moment you get your new hearing aids, you need an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist to take you through how to use them. Putting them straight into your ears without any consideration for how they work or how they can be used is a bad idea. Knowing the features will help them to work far more efficiently. You can practice using them but wait until you learn how to use them correctly before you put them into your ears.

You Don't Give Your Ears Time to Adjust

When you get a new pair of glasses, you will have to give your eyes a moment to adjust to the world from a new angle. The hearing aids that you buy are the same. They may not feel immediately comfortable in your ears, but foreign objects rarely do. It takes time for your ears to adjust to this new sensation and you’ll need to give yourself time to get used to the feeling of the hearing aids in your ears.

You’ll also be fighting the urge to take them out, and the chances are that your ears may feel a little sore when you wear them in the beginning. If you’re overwhelmed by things like background noise, don't put them in while you’re in a crowded place. Give yourself space and time to do this right and if it’s too loud, ask your hearing instrument specialist for some help!

You Didn't Wait to Get It Fitted Properly

A hearing instrument specialist will work with you and your hearing aids to make sure that your hearing aids are going to suit your ears properly. They will talk you through how to sit them in your ears properly and they’ll also help you to choose hearing aids that make sense for your hearing levels and the shape of your ears.

Some hearing aid types won’t suit you where others will, and it really is important to get to know which ones will work for you. If there are problems with the fit later on, you can always go back to your hearing instrument specialist and they’ll fix the issue for you. Choose the best hearing specialists, and you'll ensure that your hearing aids are good from the get-go.

You Haven't Maintained Them

The worst thing that you can do with your new hearing aids is stop maintaining them. You have to learn how to take care of your hearing aids and you have to follow the instructions given to you. The last thing that you need is to have hearing aids that work but your own lack of maintenance and misuse is the problem.

Instead of that happening, pay close attention when you’re told how to use them and how they work and make sure that you are going to your hearing instrument specialist regularly if you have any problems at all. There are always troubleshooting guides to help you to maintain your hearing aids at home, too. It’s not just about the battery or ensuring that the device is away from water. You really must know how to clean your hearing aids correctly, too.

Getting the most out of your new hearing aids is up to you – and the best thing that you can do is schedule your next exam with your hearing instrument specialist – Nu-Life Hearing Center at (855) 867-7449 today.