You could have the Rolls Royce of hearing aids, but without proper programming or maintenance, your state-of-art device could end up sitting in a drawer, kind of like a long-neglected luxury automobile sits idle in a garage. You certainly don’t want that to happen after making such a worthy investment in your hearing health.
A terrific piece of advice from veteran hearing aid users is to be patient and focus on incremental improvements. Everyone’s learning curve is different, so it may take anywhere from several weeks to a few months before you’re completely comfortable with your new hearing aid(s). Research shows experienced hearing aid users are more likely to be satisfied with their device than new users, which isn’t surprising.
Issues with hearing aids can result in users not wearing them, thereby defeating their purpose. A study analyzing non-use in hearing aid owners revealed common issues. The top two self-reported problems were inadequate speech clarity and less than ideal fit/comfort. Other reported issues included:
Additional studies have found that working with a hearing care professional on practical topics such as hearing aid insertion and removal, hearing aid functions, and maintenance were key to improving new hearing aid users’ experiences. This research suggests that support and counseling may be more important than expensive modern technology in terms of increasing hearing aid satisfaction and use.
A frequent problem not mentioned above is buildup of excessive earwax. If earwax gets trapped in the small ports of your hearing aid device, this can result in the hearing aids not working properly. A little bit of TLC can help ensure optimal performance of your hearing aids and increase your satisfaction.
If you’re a novice user, several follow-up visits to your hearing aid center may be required to make necessary adjustments. An annual visit is recommended for a thorough cleaning, however, more frequent visits may be needed if you produce excessive earwax. If you experience any of the following issues, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Just like you rely on your favorite mechanic to keep your car engine running smoothly, establishing and maintaining a good relationship with a highly-rated licensed hearing care professional is key to keeping your hearing aids in optimal working condition.
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