It can be thrilling to pick up your first hearing aid from the audiologist's office. You may be eagerly looking forward to being able to hear things the way you did in the past. However, you might discover that the piece needs some getting used to. You should know the following three things about wearing this device so that it can be effective for you.
Too Many Sounds May Overwhelm You
As soon as you get your earpiece, you might want to head to your favorite public place to celebrate your hearing device, thinking that everything will sound crystal clear and you'll have a great time. However, you must realize that if you have not been hearing well without your earpiece, you may need some time to become accustomed to multiple sources of sound. It can be jarring to wear a new earpiece because you may have difficulty picking out various individual sounds you hear.
Help yourself by exposing yourself to simple sounds at first. For example, you might listen to the sounds of a ticking clock or talk aloud to yourself. This allows your brain to slowly become used to hearing with your earpiece.
You can also have a friend help you get used to sounds by using the TV remote control to set the television at a reasonable volume; that way, you better understand what volume level might be best for your own hearing aid.
Ear Wax Can Be a Problem
If you notice that sounds from your device are distorted, you might think that something is wrong and you need to take it back to your audiologist to have it repaired. It may surprise you to learn that there is no problem with your hearing aid other than that ear wax is interfering with the device.
Learn different methods of removing ear wax from your hearing device so you're able to keep the piece clean and hear properly.
Moisture Can Affect Your Device
Of course, you may already know that you can't jump into your pool with your hearing device inside your ear. However, you may not realize that moisture, sweat and condensation can affect the functionality of your hearing aid even if you aren't submerging your hearing aid in water. Sweating during an intense workout can cause a problem for your earpiece, for instance; it's a smart idea to buy a hearing aid nylon sleeve that is made to fit around your device and prevent sweat from infiltrating it. Even something as simple as keeping the hearing aid in the bathroom while you shower can pose a problem because of the humidity and moisture in the room.
To protect your earpiece, it's important to get a case with dehumidification properties that can draw moisture out of your hearing device. That way, you can be confident that your hearing aid remains dry and in good working condition.
For more information, contact Mark Montgomery MD FACS or a similar medical professional.