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

As a general rule, people don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: your life will undergo an enormous change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. That level of change can be challenging, specifically if you’re somebody that enjoys the placid convenience of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can create some specific challenges. But knowing how to adjust to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

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 is going to be a considerable enhancement to how you hear. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Utilizing these guidelines may make your transition a little more comfortable.

Begin Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a basic rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours per day can be somewhat unpleasant. You could begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then steadily build up your endurance.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will probably need some time to get used to the idea that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it might be tough 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 practicing techniques such as following along with an audiobook.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual loss of hearing are all things that a fitting helps with. More than one adjustment might be needed. It’s crucial to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit well, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. Adjustments to various environments can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something is not working right and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be frustrating). These kinds of issues can make it hard to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any blockages (such as excess earwax).
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. At times, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. We hope, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed a little bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be pleased by how simple it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. And once that takes place, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve been missing. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.

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