People typically don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: your life will undergo an enormous change but they also will allow exciting new possibilities. That level of change can be tricky, specifically if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet comfort of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can present a few specific challenges. But making this change positive is largely about learning how to adjust to these devices.
Guidelines to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids
Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. But your transition might be a bit easier 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 basic rule, 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 could start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then steadily build up your stamina.
Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice
When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will likely need some time to get used to the idea that it can hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be tough to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try practicing techniques such as following along with an audiobook.
Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids
Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process assists in adjusting the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. You may require several adjustments. It’s important to take these fittings seriously – and to see us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. We can also assist you in making adjustments to different hearing environments.
Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes hard to adapt to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These kinds of problems can make it overwhelming to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as early as possible. Try these guidelines:
- Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. At times, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
- Consult your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
- Charge your hearing aids every evening or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they often don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
- If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).
Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits
Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. We hope, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you persevere – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes second-nature. And once that occurs, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.