While the answer will vary a bit depending on the specific type of hearing aid you have, there are several basic steps you can take to help ensure that you are wearing your hearing aids correctly.
Tips For Putting Your Hearing Aids In Correctly
- Use a mirror. Especially when you’re first getting used to putting your hearing aids in, watching yourself in the mirror can be very helpful.
- Identify which hearing aid is for which ear. Each hearing aid is meant for a particular ear. Your right hearing aid should have a red marker, while your left hearing aid will have a blue marker. Similarly, you’ll want to use your right hand to place your right hearing aid and your left hand for your left hearing aid.
- Make sure your hearing aids are clean before putting them in. Having clean hearing aids is essential for getting the right fit and having an optimal listening experience. Make sure to develop a nightly cleaning routine to wipe off any debris when you take your hearing aids out and night, and store them somewhere safe, cool and dry to ensure they are clean when you insert them in the morning.
The Importance of Seeing an Audiologist for a Proper Hearing Aid Fitting
If you are one of the 28.8 million Americans who could benefit from using hearing aids, it’s always best to get your fitting done by an audiologist. They won’t just help you pick out and customize the right pair of hearing aids to best meet your hearing loss needs, but they will also walk you through how to use them and answer any questions you might have.
Signs Your Hearing Aid Isn’t Fitting Correctly
While it can take a bit of practice to learn how to put your hearing aids in just right, if you are frequently experiencing issues with your device, call your audiologist to set up a visit. Signs your hearing aid isn’t fitting correctly include:
- You have pain when wearing your hearing aids.
- The volume consistently seems too loud or too quiet.
- You’re experiencing frequent feedback or whistling noises in your hearing aid that are distracting you at work or making it hard to catch up with friends at Brew It Coffee House.
This may indicate that your hearing aids need to be adjusted or re-fitted or that you need additional help in ensuring they are being worn correctly.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact Nevada Ear + Sinus Institute today.
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