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

As a general rule, most people don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: your life will go through an enormous change but they also will allow exciting new opportunities. If your someone who likes a very rigid routine, the change can be difficult. New hearing aids can introduce some particular challenges. But making this change positive is primarily about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Tips to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be considerably improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. Dependant on your personal circumstances, that may represent quite an adjustment. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a little more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you use them for 18 hours a day. You could try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When you first begin wearing your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get used to the idea that it’s able to hear sounds again. You may have a tough time hearing speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing with listening or reading exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting part of your brain to wake back up.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Enhancing comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting helps with. More than one adjustment could be needed. It’s imperative to take these fittings seriously – and to see us for follow-up appointments. 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 environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. These types of problems can make it overwhelming to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, 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 often do not work as efficiently as they’re meant to.
  • Ask your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may take you a small amount of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stick with it – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes easy. But before too long you will be able to put your attention on what your hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve missed. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And change is good.

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