Tips for Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aid

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You finally got those new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the groove of your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing elements of conversations or going through uncomfortable transitions. But your hearing aids just don’t seem quite right.

That’s because it’ll probably take you a while to adjust to a new set of hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. After all, there was so much you were looking forward to, and that adjustment period just feels so long.

But there are some tips you can practice to reduce this transition period. With a little practice, you can quickly get yourself to a place where you’re paying less attention to hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.

Start slowly with these tips

Regardless of how technologically sophisticated they might be, it’s going to take your brain some time to get used to hearing certain sounds again. Use these tips to proceed slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adapt.:

  • Wear your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just starting, you can practice by wearing your hearing aids for only a few hours at a time. They may feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start slowly. You can start to use your hearing aids for longer durations as you get used to them.
  • Start with one-on-one conversations first: If you use your hearing aids while dining at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you could be discouraged, not because the devices are doing anything wrong. It’s just that it’s hard for your ear and brain to cope with focusing on all those different voices. By beginning with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition easier and also get a bit of extra practice.
  • Wear your hearing aids only around the house initially: You’ll be less likely to experience noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you concentrate on individual voices.

Get additional practice with these tips

There are some activities, as with any skill, that can help you practice hearing. You may even have a little fun!

  • Do some listening practice: That’s right: sit in a quiet space and let your ears do the hearing. Begin by tuning in to the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds chirping or nearby running water.
  • Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This comparable exercise can also be very enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook simultaneously will help your brain make connections between words and sound.
  • Watch TV with the closed-captions enabled: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the television, and watch your favorite program. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like as you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This sort of practice will help you adjust to hearing speech again.

Strengthen your hearing health with these tips

Keeping your ears as healthy as possible, after all, is one of the main purposes of hearing aids. And there are a few tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get accustomed to using your new hearing aid:

  • Be certain to take note of and let us know about any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So if you’re noticing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible.
  • Keep visiting us: You may not think you need to get hearing exams anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to track your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any required adjustments. It’s essential to continue with these follow up visits.

Go slow and increase your time as you get used to your hearing aids

Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the objective here. A slow and progressive strategy is often effective, but everyone’s different. Understanding the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.

Implementing these tips (and tips like them) can help make sure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep using them because they continue to enhance your life.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.