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

As a general rule, most people don’t like change. Experienced through that perspective, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a significant modification of your life. That amount of change can be a challenge, especially if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet comfort of your every day routine. New hearing aids can create some distinct challenges. But making this change a positive one is mostly about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Guidelines to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be considerably improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a little more comfortable.

Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you wear 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 use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then steadily build up your endurance.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will likely need a transition period. During this adjustment period, it might be tough to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting part of your brain, you can try practicing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Increasing comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. Several adjustments might be needed. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit well, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not functioning quite right. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). It can be difficult to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:

  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (such as excess earwax).
  • Consult your hearing expert to be sure that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t work as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

Just as it would with new glasses, it might take you a small amount of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these recommendations. But you will be surprised how simple it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. And once that takes place, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing or your favorite music. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.