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

People normally don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. That degree of change can be a challenge, particularly if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the placid comfort of your everyday routine. New hearing aids can present a few specific challenges. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Utilizing these guidelines may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a general rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then steadily build up your stamina.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will likely need a transition period. During this transition period, it might be hard to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting part of your brain, you can try doing exercises like following along with an audiobook.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure assists in adjusting the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. More than one adjustment may be required. It’s essential to consult 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. Adjustments to different environments can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not working quite right. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These kinds of problems can make it overwhelming to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure 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 obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they often don’t work as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. At times, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Consult your hearing professional to be certain that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your hearing loss.

The Benefits of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it will probably take you a small amount of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed a little bit 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 occurs, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the daily discussions you’ve been missing. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.

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