As a general rule, most people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: your life will go through an enormous change but they also will bring exciting new possibilities. That amount of change can be tricky, specifically if you’re the type of person that enjoys the quiet convenience of your regular routine. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help ensure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.
Tips to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids
Your hearing will be significantly enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. But your transition might be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.
When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently
As a general rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you use them for 18 hours a day. You might begin by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then gradually build up your endurance.
Practice Tuning in to Conversations
When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will probably need an adjustment period. During this adjustment period, it may be hard to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing exercises like reading along with an audiobook.
Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted
Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will have to do – 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 maximize comfort. You might need to have several adjustments. It’s crucial to be serious about these fittings – and to see us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. Adjustments to various environments can also be made by us.
Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something may not be working properly and it becomes hard to adjust to it. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. It can be hard to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:
- Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
- Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. At times, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
- If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (earwax for instance).
- Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Advantages
It may take a bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and faster transition with these tips. But if you stay with it – if you get yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting 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 hearing: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.