Hearing aids take time and patience to use successfully. Wearing your hearing aids regularly, daily will help you adjust to the enhanced audio experience of aided hearing. Become familiar with your hearing aid’s features. Practice putting in and taking out the aid, cleaning it, identifying right and left aids, and replacing the batteries. Learn to adjust the hearing aid’s volume and to program it for sounds that are too loud or too soft. Keep practicing until you are comfortable as one might be using reading glasses.
You may experience some of the following problems as you adjust to wearing your new hearing aid.
My hearing aid feels uncomfortable. Some individuals may find a hearing aid to be slightly uncomfortable at first. Over time wearing hearing aids will become as natural for you as wearing eye glasses are for others. If you are using the Songbird Ultra 2.0, we can supply you with replacement tip & tube assemblies in smaller or larger than normal sizes if need fit that isn't geared for the average ear. Just ask the customer care representative when ordering by telephone.
My voice sounds too loud. The “plugged-up” sensation that causes a hearing aid user’s voice to sound louder inside the head is called the occlusion effect, and it is very common for new hearing aid users. Most individuals get used to this effect over time as the brain compensates for this new sound sensation.
I get feedback from my hearing aid. A whistling sound can be caused by a hearing aid that does not fit or work well but more commonly is caused by being clogged by earwax or fluid. Use your cleaning tools following the instructions found in your user’s manual.
I hear background noise. A hearing aid does not completely separate the sounds you want to hear from the ones you do not want to hear, just like unaided hearing. Sometimes, however, your hearing aid may need to be adjusted following the instructions found in your user’s manual.
I hear a buzzing sound when I use my cell phone. Some people who wear hearing aids or have implanted hearing devices experience problems with the radio frequency interference caused by digital cell phones. Both hearing aids and cell phones are improving, however, so these problems are occurring less often.