It Will Take Time To Acclimate

You cannot expect your hearing to instantly improve the moment you insert a new hearing aid. It takes time to adjust to the technology. That's why most audiologists tend to work with their patients to gradually increase the amplification of a hearing aid over a series of visits. This acclimation period, which can be as long as 45 days, helps the patient gradually grow accustomed to both the device itself as well as the new and different sounds it allows them to hear.

In the long-term, this can actually help with brain health, stimulating auditory pathways that might otherwise be left untouched.

Wear Your Hearing Aid Every Day

In order to fully adjust to your hearing aid, you need to put it in the moment you wake up in the morning and leave it in until you go to bed at night. If you only put your hearing aid in for specific occasions like social events, you're never going to adjust fully to it. This is particularly true if you primarily wear your device in noisy environments, as your brain will end up being unable to recognize ordinary sound levels. 

Routine Cleaning and Maintenance Are Critical

You should clean your hearing aid either every morning or every evening to help prevent excessive earwax buildup. Other factors, such as dirt, dust, or sweat can also cause issues with a hearing aid's functionality. Left unchecked for too long, these contaminants can work their way into the hearing aid's receivers or earmolds, causing issues with functionality. 
It's also important that you schedule regular visits with your audiologist to have your hearing aid professionally cleaned and checked for any potential problems. Generally speaking, every six months or so is a good rule of thumb. You should also schedule a yearly hearing check as well, to ensure your hearing aid is still the best fit for you.
Finally, we'd advise sending your hearing aid for repair just prior to its warranty expiration date for in-warranty servicing, even if there's nothing obviously wrong with it. While your old hearing aid is being serviced, you can get fitted with a new one. That way, you'll have a backup in case anything goes wrong.

Hearing Aid Technology Has Come a Long Way 

The days when hearing aids were simply a microphone you plugged into your ear are well behind us. Modern hearing aids are actually incredibly complex, with a ton of cool accessories and features like Bluetooth functionality and smart home integration. For instance, some hearing aids now allow users to talk on the phone hands-free, while also including access to customizable programs and advanced clarity and noise reduction.
Hearing aids are also simpler to use than ever, fully rechargeable, fully automatic, and with rich, clear sound and robust components. By choosing the right accessories and understanding some of the advanced features, you can get a great deal more value out of your hearing aid. You might find that it not only meets your hearing needs but improves your quality of life in ways you couldn't have possibly expected.

Understand the Role You Play in Your Hearing Journey

Although it's important that you work with a professional audiologist to start your hearing journey, the one thing you need to understand is that you are the one who is ultimately in command of it. You need to be open and honest with your audiologist. The more information they have, the better equipped they are to give you the help you need.