You finally obtained those new hearing aids. You’re so excited to be able to dive into your social life again. No more missed transitions or unclear conversations. But there’s a problem: everything sounds just a little off.
The reason for this is that it will often take some time before you adjust to your new hearing aids. Sometimes, this transition can be annoying. You were so excited about enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.
Fortunately, there are some tips that can help quicken the transition process. With some practice, you can quickly get yourself to a space where you’re thinking less about your hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.
Tips that help you start Slowly
Your brain will take a little time to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to start slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adjust.:
- Start with one-on-one conversations first: If you wear your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day using the devices, you may be disappointed, not because the devices aren’t working. When the brain needs to pay attention to all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a bit of extra practice, as well).
- Start by using your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a better amount of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you focus on individual voices.
- Wear your hearing aids for a short duration: When you’re just starting, you can practice by using your hearing aids for just a few hours at a time. Your hearing aids will probably feel a little strange in your ears for a while so starting slowly is fine. You can start to wear your hearing aids for longer periods as you get used to them.
Tips that help you get extra practice in
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you with hearing aid practice. You could even have some fun!
- Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This comparable exercise can also be quite enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook simultaneously will help your brain make links between words and sound.
- Simply practice hearing: That’s right: Sit someplace a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. Start out by tuning in to the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds singing or nearby running water.
- Watch TV with the closed-captions on: It’s easy: Turn the TV on, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. Your brain will begin remembering what certain words sound like when you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This sort of practice will help you get used to understanding speech again.
Tips to keep your hearing health up
Keeping your ears as healthy as you can, after all, is one of the primary purposes of hearing aids. And there are a few tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get accustomed to wearing your new hearing aid:
- If you’re experiencing any pain, make sure you take note of it and report it to us.: Because it shouldn’t be painful to wear hearing aids. So it’s important to report any issues with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing assessments anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can help tune your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to keep an eye on your hearing. These follow up appointments are very important.
Take your time, and build up to full-time hearing aids
Working your way up to using your hearing aids full time is the objective here. A slow and steadfast strategy is often effective, but everyone’s unique. Understanding the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can help you with.
These tips will help you live a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.