As a basic rule, most people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they open up an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial transformation of your life. If your a person who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be overwhelming. New hearing aids can present a few distinct challenges. But making this change positive is mostly about understanding 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 upgrade to a more robust set, any new hearing aid is going to be a significant improvement to how you hear. That could be quite a challenge depending on your circumstances. But your transition might be a bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.
Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses
The more you use your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours a day can be somewhat uncomfortable. You could try to build up your endurance by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.
Listen to Conversations For Practice
When you first start wearing 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 adjustment period, it may be tough to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But practicing using listening or reading exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain wake back up.
Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids
One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Increasing comfort, taking account of the shape and size of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. You could need to have several adjustments. It’s imperative to take these fittings seriously – and to see us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. Adjustments to various conditions can also be made by us.
Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not working properly. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be difficult to adapt to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as you can. Try these tips:
- Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
- Charge your hearing aids every night or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they normally don’t work as effectively as they’re meant to.
- If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure 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 (earwax for instance).
- Talk over any buzzing or ringing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits
Just as it would with new glasses, it may take you a small amount of time to get used 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 stick with it – if you get yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes second-nature. But pretty soon you will be able to put your attention on what your hearing: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.