Hearing Health Blog


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

As a general rule, people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: your life will go through an enormous change but they also will bring exciting new possibilities. That amount of change can be challenging, specifically if you’re somebody that has come to embrace the placid comfort of your everyday routine. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

Tips to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Following these guidelines might make your transition a little more comfortable.

Start Wearing 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 somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need some time to become accustomed to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting part of your brain, you can try doing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Increasing 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 may be needed. It’s important to be serious about these fittings – 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 various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not working quite right. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be overwhelming to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Ask your hearing professional to be sure that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (such as excess earwax).
  • Talk over 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 have to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.

The Advantages of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it would with new glasses, it may take you a small amount of time to get used to your new hearing aids. Ideally, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed a little bit more smoothly (and quickly). 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 pleased by how it all becomes easy. But before long you will be able to put your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the daily interactions you’ve missed. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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