Adjusting to New Hearing Aids


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

People typically don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they open up an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial transformation of your life. If your someone who enjoys a very fixed routine, the change can be hard. New hearing aids can create a few specific difficulties. But making this change a positive one is largely about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adapt to Your New Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Dependant on your personal circumstances, that may represent a big adjustment. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will stay. 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 stamina by beginning with 8 hours and building up from there.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. You could have a hard time making out speech clearly or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing using reading or listening exercises (like reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.

Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure assists in adjusting the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. You might require several adjustments. It’s crucial to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. Adjustments to various conditions can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning quite right. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). 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 guidelines:

  • talk about any buzzing or ringing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it may 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 diminish, they normally do not work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • 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 bit off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (such as excess earwax).
  • Ask your hearing professional to be sure that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

It might take a little time to adapt to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and faster transition with these guidelines. But if you stay with it – 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. And once that takes place, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve missed. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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