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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 perspective, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: your life will experience an enormous change but they also will allow exciting new opportunities. That degree of change can be challenging, particularly if you’re somebody that enjoys the placid convenience of your day-to-day routine. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But understanding how to adjust to these devices can help ensure your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

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

Your hearing will be considerably improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Dependant on your personal situation, that might represent a big adjustment. But your transition may be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when your getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might start by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need some time to get accustomed to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it might be tough to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try practicing techniques such as reading along with an audiobook.

Take 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. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape and size of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. More than one adjustment could be needed. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. Adjustments to various conditions can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes difficult to adjust to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be overwhelming to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:

  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally do not perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you hear 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 little off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing specialist to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Advantages

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it might take you a small amount of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. We hope you will have an easier and quicker transition with these recommendations. But if you stay with it – if you get yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes easy. And once that happens, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the daily conversations you’ve been missing. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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