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How to Adjust to New Hearing Aids


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

People generally don’t like change. Looked at through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: your life will go through a huge change but they also will allow exciting new possibilities. That amount of change can be tricky, especially if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet convenience of your regular routine. New hearing aids can present a few specific challenges. But making this change positive is mostly about knowing how to adjust to these devices.

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

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. Following these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your hearing aids for 18 hours per day can be somewhat unpleasant. You might try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need a little bit of time to get accustomed to the concept that it can hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be tough to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Take 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 to your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. Several adjustments might be needed. It’s imperative 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. Adjustments to different environments can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there is too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These types of problems can make it overwhelming to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as early as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often do not work as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check 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 sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Talk over any buzzing or ringing with your hearing professional. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. We hope you will have a easier and faster transition with these suggestions. But you will be surprised how natural it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. But before too long you will be able to place your attention on what your listening to: like the daily discussion you’ve been missing out on 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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