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

People typically don’t like change. Experienced through that prism, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a significant modification of your life. That level of change can be a challenge, particularly if you’re the type of person that enjoys the quiet convenience of your regular routine. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is primarily about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

Here Are Some Quick Ways to Adapt to Your New Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more robust set, any new hearing aid will represent a considerable enhancement to how you hear. Depending on your personal situation, that may represent a big adjustment. But your transition may be a bit smoother if you follow these tips.

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 be. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when your getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need a little bit of time to get used to the idea that it can hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it may be tough to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But practicing using listening or reading drills (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain wake back up.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Improving 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 helps with. You could require several adjustments. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. Your device will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to different hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a little difficult because something’s not working quite right. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be frustrating). It can be difficult to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing expert to be certain that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Talk over any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, 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 diminish, they often do not perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no blockages (such as excess earwax).

The Advantages of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

It might take a bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids just as it would with a new pair of glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will proceed somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stay with it – if you put yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes easy. But pretty soon you will be able to put your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve been missing. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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