Tanya is being measured for a new pair of hearing aids by her hearing specialist. And she’s feeling a little anxious. Not, you know, a ton of anxiety. But she’s never used hearing aids before, and she’s a little concerned about how comfortable she’ll feel with a high tech gadget inside of her ear canal, especially because she’s not a big fan of earpods or earplugs.
Tanya’s doubts are not unique. Countless first-time hearing aid users have worries about the general fit and comfort of their hearing aids. Tanya has every intention of wearing her hearing aids. Now she won’t need to turn the TV up so loud that it irritates her family or even her neighbors. But will those hearing aids be fit her ears comfortably?
Adjusting to Hearing Aids For The First Time
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? The short answer is: some people find them to be a bit uncomfortable when they first wear them. Initial comfort levels will fluctuate because, as with many things in life, there’s an adjustment period. But over time, you’ll become accustomed to the feeling of your hearing aids and become more comfortable.
Knowing that these adjustments will happen can help relieve some of the stress. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be easier.
Adjusting to your hearing aid has two phases:
- Adjusting to the improved sound quality: In some instances, it may be the sound quality that you need to adapt to. If you’re like the majority of people, you waited to get hearing aids, and you’re not used to hearing a complete array of sounds anymore. It might sound a bit loud at first or there could be frequencies of sound your not used to hearing. In the beginning, this can be rather distracting. One of our readers complained, for instance, that he could hear his hair scraping against his jacket every time he moved his head. This is typical. In a short period of time, your brain will make the necessary adjustments to noises it doesn’t need to hear.
In order to enhance your overall comfort and hasten the adjustment period, contact your hearing specialist if you’re experiencing trouble with the physical placement or sound quality of your hearing aids.
Can I Make my Hearing Aids More Comfortable?
Thankfully, there are a few methods that have proven to be rather effective over the years.
- Get the right fit: Hearing aids are designed to fit your ears comfortably. You’ll absolutely want to talk about fit with your hearing specialist right off the bat, but you’ll also want to consult your hearing specialist for follow-up fittings to make certain everything is working properly and the fit is excellent. And for maximum comfort and effectiveness, you might want to think about a custom fit hearing aid.
- Start slow: If you’re breaking in your first set of hearing aids, you shouldn’t feel as if you need to wear them all day, every day right off the bat. You can gradually work your way up to it. Start by wearing your hearing aid for one to four hours a day. Ultimately, you will be wearing your hearing aids all day, when you get comfortable with them.
- Practice: Once have your hearing aids, the world isn’t going to sound quite the same. Adapting to sound, especially speech, may take a while. In order to get the hang of it a little more quickly, there are numerous exercises you can do like watching a movie with caption or reading along with an audiobook.
You’re Hearing Aids Can be More Comfortable
Your hearing aids may feel a little awkward for the first few days or weeks. Pretty soon you’re hearing aids will become a comfortable part of your everyday life and the sooner you make the adjustments, the sooner this will occur. In order to really make that transition, it’s critical that you wear them every day.
Before you know it, you’ll be focusing on is having good conversation with friends.