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

People normally don’t like change. Looked at through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they open up an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a significant modification of your life. If your a person who enjoys a very fixed routine, the change can be difficult. There are very particular challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is primarily about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

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

Your hearing will be significantly enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. But your transition may be a bit smoother if you follow these tips.

Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

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

Practice Listening to Conversations

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. During this transition period, it may be hard to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try practicing techniques like following along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Improving comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual loss of hearing are all things that a fitting helps with. You might need to have several adjustments. It’s crucial to be serious about these fittings – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something may not be working right and it becomes hard to adapt to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be infuriating). These types of problems can make it overwhelming to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these tips:

  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally don’t perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • talk about any buzzing or ringing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing expert to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (such as excess earwax).

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It might take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with a new pair of glasses. We hope, with the help of these guidelines, that adjustment period will go a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be pleased by how normal it will become if you stay with it and find 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 or your favorite music. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.

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