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

People typically don’t like change. Looked at through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: your life will go through a tremendous change but they also will bring exciting new possibilities. That amount of change can be challenging, particularly if you’re the type of person that enjoys the placid comfort of your regular routine. There are very particular hurdles with new hearing aids. But learning how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

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

Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. Dependant on your individual circumstances, that might represent quite an adjustment. But your transition might be a bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a basic rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your hearing aids for 18 hours per day can be quite uncomfortable. You could begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. You might have a tough time hearing speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment period. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing exercises such as following along with an audiobook.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device to your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. More than one adjustment might be required. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit properly, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning properly. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. It can be overwhelming to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may 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 diminish, they normally don’t perform as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • Ask your hearing specialist to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any blockages (such as excess earwax).

The Advantages of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it would with new glasses, it may possibly take you a little bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. We hope, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will go a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be pleased by how natural it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. But before long you will be able to put your attention on what your listening to: like the day-to-day conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.