Congratulations—you’re prepared to join the millions of Americans who have learned how using hearing aids can make life much more exciting and rewarding. Shortly, you’ll be listening to sounds you’ve long forgotten, participating in stimulating discussions, and listening to music with enhanced discernment for each instrument.
But before you can get to all that, you’ll have to go through a short period of adjustment to get comfortable with your new hearing aids. Here are five suggestions to to assist you to push through this period and to help you get the maximum benefit out of your new technology.
1. Visit a Hearing Care Professional
If you are looking for the best hearing possible, there’s no avoiding the first step, which is visiting a hearing care expert. They can help you find the right hearing aid that matches your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. And, even more importantly, they can custom-fit and program your new hearing aid so that it’s fine tuned for your unique hearing loss.
Your hearing loss, like a fingerprint, is unique. That means every hearing aid should always be programmed differently—and this calls for the practical knowledge of a hearing care professional.
2. Give Your Hearing Aids a Chance
Your new hearing aids will take time to get used to. You’ll notice sounds you haven’t heard in a long time, your voice may sound unusual, and sound may all around just seem “off.” This is perfectly normal: you just need time to adjust.
Get started by making a commitment to wear your hearing aids for as much of the day as possible, for at least a couple of weeks. Put them in when you get up in the morning and take them out before going to bed. Even though it may be uncomfortable at first, you’ll adjust to better hearing in no time—and it will be well worth the hard work.
If you discover that you’re having trouble adjusting, set up a visit with your hearing care professional. Hearing aids can be fine-tuned, so you never have to throw in the towel on better hearing.
3. Start Small at Home
We recommend adjusting to your hearing aids at first in the comfort of your home. Attempt watching a movie or television show and paying particular attention to the dialogue; take part in one-on-one conversations in a quiet space; and listen to music while trying to pick out different instruments and pitches.
Then, when you’re more accustomed, you can test your hearing aids out in more complex conditions like at social gatherings, restaurants, and movie theaters. Modern hearing aids come with sophisticated features and environmental settings that can effortlessly handle these increased listening demands—which segues nicely to the fourth tip.
4. Master the Advanced Features
After you’ve adapted to your hearing aids, you should continue to learn some of the more sophisticated features. With the assistance of your hearing specialist, you can learn how to maximize the functionality and convenience of your modern hearing aids.
Depending on your particular model, you’ll have the ability to do things like wirelessly stream music and phone calls straight to your hearing aids, control the volume from your mobile device or digital watch, and effortlessly change settings to optimize your hearing in a variety of environments. Be sure to speak to your hearing specialist about all the features that may be helpful to you.
5. Take Care Of Your Hearing Aids
Finally, you’ll want to ensure that you care for your hearing aids. This means daily cleaning, appropriate storage, and managing your battery supply. Your hearing specialist will show you how to combine hearing aid maintenance and care into your daily routine so that it becomes automatic and easy.
You’ll also want to get your hearing aids professionally cleaned and assessed one or two times per year to ensure proper functioning for many years.
We’d love to hear from you: if you presently wear hearing aids, tell us about your experience! Let us know how you adapted to your hearing aids and any tips you’d give to those just starting out.