Congratulations! You have just taken a very important step in becoming a better listener and communicator. With a little practice, your hearing aids will soon become second nature to you. There are some very important points to keep in mind:
- Before you leave the clinic, be sure your hearing aids are comfortable in your ears. Be sure that you are able to insert and remove them. Remember RED is for your right ear and BLUE is for your left ear.
- It is important to begin to wear your hearing instruments in an environment where you feel comfortable – I advise you to begin use at home. Wear them the first day for approximately one hour while watching television (a documentary or news program) or listening to radio or while conversing with another person. Begin a comfortable environment with speech. Do not wear them in a noisy environment until you first become comfortable in quiet (at home).
- Make sure you know how to open the battery compartment, how to put a battery in and remove it. Do you know how long you should expect the battery to last? Be sure you leave with a supply of batteries, and keep extra batteries where you can get them quickly and easily. DO NOT keep batteries in the refrigerator.
- Be sure that you have practiced adjusting the settings of your new hearing aid(s) if manual adjustments are available. However, not all hearing instruments have manual adjustments – some of the higher technology hearing instruments will do all of the adjustments themselves. Do you know how to adjust the volume control? Pushbutton for memory control?
- When you first begin to wear your new hearing aids, your own voice will sound different to you. It will take you a little practice before you feel comfortable hearing your voice and environmental sounds through your hearing aids. Some sounds may be “harsh” or “tinny”. This is actually a good sign as it signifies that your auditory system is receiving better high frequency input.
- Remember that your hearing aids should not get wet! Avoid taking them out or putting them in while in the bathroom as they may drop into the sink or on the floor and be damaged. Be sure to remove the hearing aids before bathing, showering, or going for a swim.
- Your hearing aids can be damaged by heat. Do not leave them in the sun or on a heater. Do not leave your hearing aids anywhere that your cat or dog can get them. Pets are fascinated with hearing aids and will usually chew them to pieces.
- Be sure to turn your hearing aids off when you are not using them. This will save the battery from draining and avoid any whistling sound. Open the battery door to be sure that the aids are off.
- Hair spray around your hearing aids can clog the microphone. Be sure to take out your hearing aids before taking out the hair spray!
- If your hearing aids whistle when you wear them, be sure you have them in your ear properly. The volume may be set too high. You may have wax built up in your ear canal. Or, did the hearing aid whistle when you put the telephone or your hand up to it. If the hearing aid whistled for no reason, see your Audiologist.
- If your hearing aid has a telephone switch remember to use it while on the telephone! If you have no telephone switch, be sure you know how to hold the telephone to avoid whistling.
- Keep your hearing aids clean and in proper working order by removing the wax from them when you take them out. Be sure you know how to use the cleaning tools that came with your hearing aid. Cleaning of your hearing instruments should be done daily.
- Remember that your Audiologist is there to help you with any difficulties. Call or stop by. We want you to be a successful hearing aid user.
If you have been given any accessories to use with your hearing instrument(s) please refer to that sheet of instructions.