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Adapting to New Hearing Aids


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

People generally don’t like change. Experienced through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. If your somebody who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be overwhelming. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change positive is mostly about learning how to adjust to these devices.

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

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more robust set, any new hearing aid is going to be a significant improvement to the way you hear. That could be quite a challenge depending on your circumstances. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will stay. 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 gradually build up your stamina.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get accustomed to the idea that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it may be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But practicing with reading or listening drills (such as 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 aids, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process assists in adjusting the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. You could need to have more than one adjustment. It’s crucial to consult us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something may not be working right and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be hard to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • Ask your hearing professional to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no blockages (such as excess earwax).
  • Talk over any buzzing or ringing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has It’s Advantages

It might take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. We hope, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stick with it – if you put yourself into a routine 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 listening to: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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