Now that you have your hearing aids, your audiologist has asked you to wear them for a few weeks and document what goes on with them. But you may be wondering what exactly you are supposed to document because all you are thinking is everything sounds weird and different and is this normal? Let’s go over what you should and need to pay attention to during those first few weeks with your new hearing aids.
How do hearing aids sound in different environments?
When in a quiet environment, how do you hearing aids sound to you? Are they too loud or quiet? Do they whistle or make any funny noises? Do you still hear all the background noise? Or is the background noise dampened too much making it difficult to hear? What happens if you change the program; that is if you can manually change the program? Be still a moment and listen to the environment.
What do you hear now that you did not before?
Make a note of what you hear now that you did not before. Do these sounds bother you now that you can hear them? Or do you like the fact that you can hear more of the world around you? Sometimes hearing things you’re not used to – the furnace kicking in or the hum of the refrigerator – can be overwhelming while adjusting to hearing aids.
How do your hearing aids feel in your ears?
This is an important thing to take notice of because if they are not comfortable you are less likely to wear them. So be sure to note how they feel in your ear. Is there any spot or spots that hurt or are uncomfortable in your ears? Do you find them bothersome when you wear your glasses or sunglass? What about when you wear a hat or pull your hair up into a ponytail?
How is the ease of use?
Do you find your hearing aids easy to put in and use every day? Do they get in the way? Is the sound making it difficult to wear? You need to make sure that your hearing aids work for you in your life and with your lifestyle.
Are your hearing aids ease to clean?
Do you find it hard to clean them daily? Do you find them hard to clean in general? Talk to your audiologist about the proper cleaning practices and see if there is anything that can be done to make this easier and more comfortable for you to do daily.
Is the battery easy to change or is the hearing aid easy to charge?
Do you have the dexterity to change your batteries as needed or is it difficult to do? Would a rechargeable hearing aid be easier to use? Or vice-versa, is the hearing aids’ charging unit too hard to use and would manually changing the hearing aid batteries be easier for you? If you cannot get power to your hearing aids easily you will be less likely to use them and this is a waste. You need to be able to power your hearing aids with ease.
Your hearing aids will help you hear better, but they do come with an adjustment period. Make sure you keep track of anything that feels bothersome or hindering and talk more with your audiologist about these issues.