People typically don’t like change. Experienced through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a significant transformation of your life. That degree of change can be challenging, particularly if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet comfort of your everyday routine. There are very particular challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is mostly about knowing how to adjust to these devices.
Guidelines to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids
Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more powerful pair, any new hearing aid is going to be a considerable improvement in the way you hear. Dependant on your personal circumstances, that could represent a big adjustment. But your transition might be a little bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.
Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses
The more you wear your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and increasing from there.
Listen to Conversations For Practice
When you first begin wearing your hearing aids, your brain will probably need some time to become accustomed to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. You could have a hard time hearing speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment period. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing exercises like reading along with an audiobook.
Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted
Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device for your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. You may require several adjustments. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to different hearing conditions.
Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something is not working properly and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be hard to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:
- Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
- If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (such as excess earwax).
- Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
- Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally do not perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits
It may take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just like it would with a new pair of glasses. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and faster transition with these guidelines. But if you persevere – if you get yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes easy. But pretty soon you will be able to place your attention on what your listening to: like the daily discussion you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.