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People typically don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they unlock an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a significant modification of your life. That level of change can be tricky, particularly if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet convenience of your regular routine. New hearing aids can present some distinct difficulties. But making this change positive is mostly about knowing how to adjust to these devices.

Guidelines to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more robust set, any new hearing aid is going to represent a significant improvement in the way you hear. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Utilizing these guidelines may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

Start 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 you’re breaking them in if you use them for 18 hours a day. You could start by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need some time to get used to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this transition period, it may be tough to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But practicing with listening or reading exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain reassert itself.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure helps adjust the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. More than one adjustment could be required. It’s important to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. Your device will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. Adjustments to various environments can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something isn’t working right and it becomes hard to adjust to it. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. It can be overwhelming to adapt to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing professional to be certain that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they normally do not work as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.

The Advantages of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

It may take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. Ideally, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these recommendations. But if you stick with it – 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 second-nature. But pretty soon you will be able to put your attention on what your hearing: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day discussions you’ve been missing. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And change is good.