As a basic rule, most people don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they unlock an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial transformation of your life. If your a person who appreciates a very rigid routine, the change can be overwhelming. New hearing aids can present some distinct difficulties. But making this change a positive one is largely about knowing how to adjust to these devices.
Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids
Your hearing will be dramatically improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Dependant on your personal situation, that might represent a big adjustment. Following these tips might make your transition a little more comfortable.
When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently
The more you wear your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when your getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You may try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.
Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice
When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will probably need some time to get accustomed to the idea that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be tough to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But practicing using listening or reading drills (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.
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. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting helps with. You could require more than one adjustment. It’s important to be serious about these fittings – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing conditions.
Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). It can be hard to adjust 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 notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (such as excess earwax).
- Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
- Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally do not work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
- Ask your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
The Advantages of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids
It may take a bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Ideally, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these guidelines. But if you persevere – if you get yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes easy. And once that happens, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.