There’s no doubt about it – hearing aids can make life a lot easier. But you have to put some effort in to really get the most out of them! Make sure your hearing aids are working for you by developing these five highly effective hearing aid habits.
1. Wear them!
This one might seem obvious, but it always surprises us just how many people let their hearing aids gather dust on their bedside table. Try not to be self-conscious about needing hearing aids,
2. Adopt effective communication strategies
Don’t give up on conversations too easily. If your ears fail you sometimes, rely on other ways to understand what is being said. Read the speaker’s lips or try to gain cues from their facial expressions and body language. This may not come easily at first, but it does get easier!
3. Be upfront
When you live with a hearing loss, it is very important to be upfront and proactive. When you meet new people, explain that you a have a hearing loss and ask them to face you when they speak to you. With people you already know, don’t be afraid to remind them of your communication needs, as they will probably forget sometimes.
When visiting hotels, theatres, cinemas and other public venues, be proactive by calling ahead to enquire about whether there are any assistive services available.
4. Look after your hearing aids
Hearing aids require some tender loving care sometimes! Get into the habit of cleaning your hearing aids with a dry cloth after each use. Open the battery door at night to allow the internal mechanisms a chance to dry out after a day of gathering moisture in your ear.
You should also make sure to store them properly in a cool, dry place – do not leave them in the bathroom where they will be exposed to shower steam or splashes of water.
5. Work with your hearing clinician to resolve issues
While hearing aids will not completely restore your hearing, they should be having a positive impact on your ability to hear. If this is not the case, or if you are experiencing problems with your devices, don’t give up on them – go back and see your hearing clinician to have them readjusted. Chances are the settings just need to be tweaked a little bit.
Could hearing aids have a positive impact on your quality of life? Find out by making an appointment to talk to a hearing clinician here.