Group of women practicing using their new hearing aids during lunch.

People typically don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a significant modification of your life. If your someone who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be overwhelming. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But learning how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more powerful set, any new hearing aid will be a significant enhancement in how you hear. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Following these guidelines may make your transition a little more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a basic rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your stamina.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need some time to become accustomed to the idea that it can hear sounds again. During this transition period, it might be hard to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But practicing with reading or listening exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure helps adjust the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. You could need to have more than one adjustment. It’s important to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. When your hearing aids fit well, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something is not working properly and it becomes hard to adapt to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be infuriating). These types of problems can make it difficult to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they often don’t perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

It could take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these recommendations, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how simple it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. But before too long you will be able to place your attention on what your hearing: like the day-to-day conversation you’ve been missing or your favorite music. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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