That said, there aren’t a lot of things a patient can do to hamper their own progress along the path to better hearing. But there are a few slip-ups they can make, each of which can cause serious setbacks and in some cases, cause the patient to abandon hearing treatment altogether.
Here are the five cardinal sins of hearing aids, and why it’s essential that you avoid each one.
1. Not wearing you hearing aids at all. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Obviously, the number one way you can stop your hearing treatment dead in its tracks is to never wear your hearing aids in the first place.
2. Being inconsistent with hearing aid use. This is probably the single most common issue struggling patients face. Hearing treatment is a process. It requires not only the expertise and compassion of a skilled audiology professional, but a concerted effort from the patient to make a long-term change in their daily life.
Instead of working to establish hearing aids as an important piece of their daily ritual, some patients use them sporadically, either out of forgetfulness or just a lack of motivation. It’s important to understand that at the beginning, when you’re first fit for hearing aids, your brain is in the process of reforming the neural pathways responsible for hearing and interpreting sound. This process takes time, and cannot happen without continuously stimulating your auditory system. Neglecting to wear your hearing aids is more than an inconvenience — it stunts your brain’s ability to adapt to the devices and restore your hearing in the long-term.
3. Comparing your hearing aid experience with your friends’. I’ve written before about how one patient’s presentation of hearing loss as unique as their fingerprint. Because of this, your own path to treatment will likely look totally different from that of your friend’s. Comparing your experiences — “Why did they achieve such great results so quickly? Why am I taking so long to adjust?” — is a recipe for frustration and discouragement.
4. Ignoring proper hearing aid maintenance. Hearing aids are like any other machine; they need a minimum of regular care in order to maximize their capabilities and ensure they don’t break down. Luckily, cleaning your hearing aids is pretty straightforward. Every few days, take them out and give them a wipe down with a cloth, tissue, or a wipe that came with the devices. Do NOT use alcohol, as it will dry out the plastic and rubber components. Then, use a small brush or wax picker and gently scrub out the microphone and speaker ports. That, and a regular checkup visit to yours truly, is all you need to do. It’s that easy!
5. Not checking in. Of course, even if you do everything perfectly, some issues may arise. When they do, don’t just get frustrated and throw your hands up — give me a call at 617-934-6987! If your hearing aids are whistling, if your ears are feeling funny, or even if you’re just not getting the benefits you expected from treatment, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Contact me and we’ll get to the bottom of the problem together.
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