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

People typically don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: your life will undergo a huge change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. If your somebody who appreciates a very fixed routine, the change can be overwhelming. New hearing aids can create a few particular challenges. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

Guidelines to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. Dependant on your personal situation, that might be a big adjustment. But your transition may be a bit smoother if you follow these tips.

Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a general rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in 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 endurance.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need a little bit of time to get accustomed to the idea that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it may be hard to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing techniques such as reading along with an audiobook.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. More than one adjustment could be needed. It’s essential to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. 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.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not functioning quite right. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). These types of issues can make it overwhelming to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • Ask your hearing specialist to be sure that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally do not perform as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • If you hear 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 bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

Just as it would with new glasses, it may possibly take you a bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. We hope, with the help of these guidelines, that adjustment period will proceed a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But if you persevere – if you put yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes easy. And once that takes place, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And change is good.

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