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

As a basic rule, most people don’t like change. Looked at through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: your life will experience a huge change but they also will allow exciting new possibilities. That level of change can be a challenge, particularly if you’re the type of person that enjoys the placid convenience of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can present some specific difficulties. But knowing how to adjust to these devices can help ensure your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adapt to Your New Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be dramatically improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Depending on your individual situation, that could represent a big adjustment. Following these tips might make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a basic rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your devices for 18 hours a day can be somewhat unpleasant. You could try to build up your endurance by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need some time to get used to the concept that it can hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be difficult to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure assists in adjusting the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. Several adjustments may be required. It’s important to be serious about these fittings – and to see us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit well, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound better. We can also assist you in making adjustments to different hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something may not be working right and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. These types of problems can make it difficult to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Ask your hearing specialist to be sure 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 perform as efficiently as they’re meant to.

The Benefits of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may take you a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Ideally, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed a little bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how natural it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. But before long you will be able to put your attention on what your hearing: like the daily discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And change is good.