How to get the most out of your hearing aids?

By Dr. Anne Simon

September 10, 2018

You will always be better off with a hearing aid that fits the shape of your unique hearing loss. You also want to ensure the programming is on-target. The amplification of the hearing aids should be exactly what you need at each frequency. No more. No less. If you have hearing aids that don’t fit your hearing loss, and the programming is off-target, you will not get as much benefit.

Once you have the right hearing aids programmed correctly, here are a few things you can do to be most successful with them:

  1. Wear the hearing aids a minimum of 6 hours a day. More would be better. Your brain and your ability to understand speech will benefit if you wear the aids consistently. Research has demonstrated a link between consistent hearing aid use and speech comprehension, as well as maintaining mental acuity and emotional well-being.

  2. Keep in contact with your audiologist. Another benefit when you wear hearing aids consistently is you become educated on what to expect from their use. If the sound or feel in your ears is less than comfortable, you can describe the specific experience and receive adjustments. Hearing aid purchase should not be a one-day experience. There is a natural adjustment period when you first start to wear hearing aids. When you have been living with untreated hearing loss, it takes time for your brain to adjust to the new stimulus.

    Once you are through your trial period, you should attend regular checkups with your audiologist for deep cleaning and routine adjustment. I recommend most patients schedule checkups every 3-6 months. You should also have your hearing re-tested every 1-2 years. If your hearing changes, you need reprogramming to keep the amplification settings on-target.
  1. Keep your primary reason for getting hearing aids top-of-mind. My patients come to me with a variety of goals. But, all of my patients want to be able to engage in conversation. Communication success with hearing loss is so important that all of my patients receive a handbook on the subject.

To get the most out of your hearing aid experience, maintain a practice of wearing your hearing aids consistently, keep regular appointments with your audiologist, and keep communication success top-of-mind.

Hearing loss is a serious, significant health issue. If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, call my office at 208-746-7022.

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