Common Questions That Most New Hearing Aid Users Have

Hearing aids are used by a wide spectrum of people, from those who have profound hearing loss to those with a much less severe but still noticeable dulling of their hearing. It also affects virtually every community, no matter the ethnicity, gender, or age. If you have had your hearing aids for a few weeks now, you probably have a few questions about their use going forward that you didn't have at the start of this whole experience. Here are three of the most common questions that you might have along with fairly simple answers to help guide you through this transition.

How Long Before The Hearing Aids Require Maintenance?

Hearing aid maintenance is key to making sure that you have constant and even playback of sound through your devices. Hearing aid maintenance is different for every model, as some are much more difficult to adjust because they are surgically implanted, while others are as easy to remove as wireless earphones. Generally, most hearing aid services will recommend a biannual (6 month) visit to the specialist from which you got your hearing aids because they will have all your information on file and can complete these scheduled services much quicker and with less catch-up work.

How Can You Make Hearing Aids More Comfortable?

Getting used to any prosthetic that is in close contact with your body for most of the day can be very disconcerting, and considering that your hearing aids affect such a vital sense, this feeling of unease can be heightened. The best advice is to set aside plenty of time each day to be able to remove your hearing aids and reset your body. Over time, you will gradually build up a feeling of comfortability when using your hearing aids so they will become less of a nuisance and more of an extension of your body as they were designed. If, however, you are actively experiencing pain, you should always go straight to your specialist and stop using the hearing aids. 

When Do You Need to Replace Hearing Aids?

It is hard to say with certainty whether or not you will need a change of hearing aids because everyone's hearing loss is different. While it is true that your hearing will gradually decline naturally, that could be in many years from now if it happens enough to warrant a replacement at all. Alternatively, new hearing aids could come out that are a better fit for your needs, and so your specialist may recommend upgrading regardless of if your current devices still work. Eventually, you will likely have new hearing aids installed, but that will not be for many years, so it is still important to get used to your current ones.