Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first set of hearing aids. And it’s the reason for some anxiety. Her anxiety isn’t really that bad. But she’s never used hearing aids before, and she’s somewhat concerned that she will feel uncomfortable with a high tech gizmo inside of her ear canal, especially since she’s never been a big fan of earbuds or earplugs.
Tanya’s worries are not unique. Countless first-time hearing aid users have worries about the overall fit and comfort of their hearing aids. Tanya wants to wear her hearing aid. Now she won’t need to crank the television up so loud that it bothers her family or even the neighbors. But will those hearing aids be comfortable?
How to Adjust When You First Wear Your Hearing Aids
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? The short response is: some individuals experience them as a little uncomfortable at first. Initial comfort levels will fluctuate because, as with many things in life, there’s a period of adjustment. But as time passes, you’ll become accustomed to the feeling of your hearing aids and become more comfortable.
Often it’s just nice to recognize that these adjustments are will happen. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be easier.
Adjusting to your hearing aid includes two phases:
- Getting used to a hearing aid in your ear: There could be some minor physical discomfort when you first start to wear your hearing aid, and your hearing specialist might recommend you start off wearing your hearing aids for only part of the day. Even so, there should not be any pain involved. You should contact your hearing specialist if your hearing aid is causing pain.
If either the sound quality or the physical placement of the hearing aids is bothering you, it’s critical to speak with your hearing specialist about adjustments to enhance your all-around comfort and quicken the period of adjustment.
How Can I Enhance The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?
Over the years, luckily, there are a few techniques that have worked fairly well.
- Get the right fit: Hearing aids are designed to fit your ears well. You’ll obviously want to talk about fit with your hearing specialist right away but you’ll also want to consult your hearing specialist for follow-up fittings to make sure everything is working properly and the fit is just right. You may also want to consider a custom fit hearing aid for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
- Start slow: You don’t have to use your hearing aids 24/7 at first. You can build up to that. From one to four hours every day is a good way to begin. Having said that, you’ll want to work up to using your hearing aids all day, but you don’t have to start there.
- Practice: The world might sound quite a bit different once you get your hearing aids. And it could take some time for your ears to adapt, particularly when it comes to speech. There are many techniques (reading along with an audiobook or watching your favorite movie with the closed captions turned on) that can help you get the hang of this a little faster.
Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable
Your hearing aids might feel a little awkward for the first few days or weeks. But the more quickly you adapt to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your day to day life. In order to really make that transition, it’s essential that you wear them on a daily basis.
Pretty soon, you’ll be thinking about is having good conversation with friends.