Learning how to handle hearing aids.

Q.  I tried some hearing aids last month and could hear much better, but I could not figure out how to easily put them on.  In my frustration, I returned them.  Are some hearing aids easier to put on than others?


A.  Broadly, there are two styles of hearing aids.  Some hearing aids are worn behind the ear and connect to an earpiece in the canal.  Other hearing aids fit fully in the canal.  Neither of them is easier than the other to put on.

  Some people can easily put on a hearing aid the very first time.  Other people struggle to get the hearing aid situated properly on their ear.  It can take practice and patience to figure out how to put the hearing aid on. 

  You hearing center is the best place to ask for assistance and coaching as you learn become more and more familiar with putting on the hearing aid and using it.  If you have trouble, arrange an appointment strictly for the purpose of practicing putting on the hearing aid with a hearing center professional.  They will have some good tips and techniques for you to use.

  If the hearing aids help you hear better, I strongly encourage you to patiently take the time to learn how to put them on easily.

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  You can also listen to the new Oticon ‘Opn S’ hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We provide 4-week, no-obligation trials, too.