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

People normally don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they unlock an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial modification of your life. If your a person who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be hard. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But knowing how to adjust to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Tips to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more powerful pair, any new hearing aid is going to be a significant improvement to how you hear. Depending on your personal circumstances, that may represent a big adjustment. Utilizing these guidelines may make your transition a little more comfortable.

Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you use your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your hearing aids for 18 hours per day can be quite uncomfortable. You might try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and building up from there.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will likely need an adjustment period. You may have a hard time hearing speech clearly or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing with reading or listening drills (like reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain wake back up.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual loss of hearing are all things that a fitting can help with. You might require several adjustments. It’s crucial to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. Your hearing aids will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something isn’t working right and it becomes hard to adjust to it. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). It can be difficult to adapt to hearing aids because of these kinds of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Ask your hearing specialist to be sure that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (earwax for instance).

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It may take a bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will go a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stay with it – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes easy. But pretty soon you will be able to place your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve missed. In the end, all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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