As a general rule, people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they unlock an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a considerable modification of your life. That level of change can be tricky, specifically if you’re the type of person that enjoys the placid convenience of your regular routine. New hearing aids can present a few particular difficulties. But making this change a positive one is largely about understanding how to adjust to these devices.
Guidelines to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids
Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more robust pair, any new hearing aid will be a considerable improvement in the way you hear. Dependant on your personal circumstances, that could be quite an adjustment. Following these tips might make your transition a bit more comfortable.
Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses
As a basic 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 could start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then gradually build up your stamina.
Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice
When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get used to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it might be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But practicing using listening or reading exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting part of your brain reassert itself.
Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting
One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process assists in adjusting the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. You might need to have more than one adjustment. It’s imperative to be serious about these fittings – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit properly, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound better. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing conditions.
Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes difficult to adjust to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be infuriating). These types of issues can make it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:
- Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally don’t work as effectively as they’re meant to.
- talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
- If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (earwax for instance).
- Consult your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Advantages
It may take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. We hope, with the help of these guidelines, that adjustment period will go a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how natural it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. And once that happens, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like your favorite shows or music or the daily interactions you’ve missed. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.