As a general rule, most people don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they create an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a considerable modification of your life. That amount of change can be challenging, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys the placid comfort of your daily routine. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But knowing how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.
Here Are Some Quick Ways 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 considerable improvement in how you hear. Dependant on your personal situation, that may be a big adjustment. But your transition may be a bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.
Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses
As a general rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours a day can be somewhat unpleasant. You could try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and increasing from there.
Practice Tuning in to Conversations
When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will probably need a little bit of time to become accustomed to the concept that it can hear sounds again. During this transition period, it may be hard to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing exercises such as reading along with an audiobook.
Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting
One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. More than one adjustment could be needed. It’s important to be serious about these fittings – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your hearing aids will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing conditions.
Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not working quite right. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These types of issues can make it overwhelming to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:
- 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 little off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).
- Ask your hearing professional to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
- Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they often do not work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
- talk about any buzzing or ringing with your hearing professional. At times, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
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, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will go a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But if you persevere – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes second-nature. And once that happens, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve missed. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.