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 with hearing aids: your life will undergo a huge change but they also will bring exciting new possibilities. That level of change can be challenging, particularly if you’re somebody that has come to embrace the placid convenience of your daily routine. There are very particular hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change positive is mostly about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

Guidelines to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. But your transition might be a bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

As a general rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your hearing aids for 18 hours a day can be a little uncomfortable. You might begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then gradually build up your endurance.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get used to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it might be hard to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing techniques like following along with an audiobook.

Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal loss of hearing are all things that a fitting can help with. More than one adjustment may be needed. It’s crucial to be serious about these fittings – and to see us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not working quite right. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be hard to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as you can. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often don’t work as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no obstructions (earwax for instance).

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

It might take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will proceed somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how normal it will become if you stay with it and find a routine. And once that takes place, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite music. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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