What To Expect When You Get Your First Hearing Aid

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A hearing aid is a small device that can make a big difference in your life. If your hearing is declining, your doctor will most likely recommend getting a hearing aid in order to restore your hearing so you can continue to do normal day-to-day activities. Continue reading to learn more about what to expect after getting a hearing aid and how to adjust:

Your Hearing Aid May Feel Odd at First

Having a hearing aid placed in your ear may feel odd at first. Typically, the more you wear it, the faster you will get used to it. You may need to practice inserting the hearing aid several times before you know how to put it in properly. While the sensation of wearing a new hearing aid may feel unfamiliar, it should not be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience extreme discomfort while wearing your hearing aid, you may need to have it re-fitted so it fits in your ear canal properly.

Be Prepared to Re-Learn How to Hear

If you have suffered progressive hearing loss over a long period of time, learning how to hear again may be a challenge. When you first get your hearing aid, it is best to focus on having one-on-one conversations in a quiet setting. Watching television shows can also help you adjust to hearing again. As you get used to your restored hearing, you may begin venturing into conversations with multiple people or conversation where there is a lot of background noise. 

Practice Putting in Batteries

Your hearing aid battery will most likely need to be replaced every couple of weeks. It is important that you know how to do this on your own. If you try to force the battery in, the door to the battery compartment can snap off. Work with your audiologist to practice removing and inserting the battery until you can do so easily.

Keep Your Hearing Aid Clean

Hearing aids can become clogged with oil and earwax which can stop them from working properly. You can help prevent the clogs by wiping the surface of your hearing aid regularly to remove any debris that can cause a blockage. If earwax builds up in the tip of the hearing aid, use the brush that came with it to get it out. If you suffer from regular earwax blockages inside your ear canal, consult your doctor for assistance with the issue.

For assistance, talk to a professional like Abingdon Falls Plaza Hearing Center.


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