Millions of Americans use hearing aids to treat their hearing loss successfully. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 7.1% of adults aged 45 and over used a hearing aid.
Whether you’re a new hearing aid user or have recently upgraded to a new pair, one of the essential things to know is how to adjust the volume on your devices for an optimal listening experience.
Adjusting Hearing Aid Volume Manually
Many people like to be able to adjust their hearing aids manually, and most devices come with controls that are shaped like small levers or tactile switches. While different models might have slightly different designs, in general, you can apply the following basic tips to adjusting the volume manually:
- Push the upper part of the switch or the lever upward to increase the volume.
- Push the lower part of the switch or lever downward to decrease the volume.
You should hear a beep every time you adjust the volume. It will be higher-pitched when turning the volume up and lower-pitched when you are turning it down. If you reach the maximum or minimum volume level for your hearing aids, you will hear a steady tone, indicating you can’t adjust further in that direction.
Using Smartphone Apps for Hearing Aids
Hearing aid controls can be small and harder to adjust for some. However, you can still make manual adjustments with the use of a smartphone app that’s connected to your hearing aids. Many users appreciate the ease and discretion of being able to adjust the volume or settings of their hearing aids from their smartphones.
Automatic Hearing Aid Volume Control
Hearing aid technology has advanced so that most devices now have the ability to automatically adjust the volume based on your current surroundings. This means your hearing aids will ensure loud noises are less amplified than soft sounds and let you transition smoothly from having a quiet conversation at home with your spouse to enjoying a night out dining and listening to music with friends at Silver Strings.
If you have additional questions about adjusting your hearing aids or would like to schedule an appointment for a hearing test, call the experts at Hearing Center Silver Spring today.