Woman getting a hearing aid fitting.

Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first pair of hearing aids. And she’s feeling a little anxious. Not, you know, a ton of anxiety. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s a little worried about how comfortable she’ll feel with a high tech gizmo sitting in her ears, especially because she’s not a big fan of earpods or earplugs.

These concerns are not unique to Tanya. Many first-time hearing aid users have fears about the comfort and general fit of their hearing aids. Tanya has every intention of wearing her hearing aids. She’s anticipating hearing her son’s music and listening to her TV at a level not likely to cause trouble with the neighbors. But how comfortable are those hearing aids going to be?

How to Adapt When You First Use Your Hearing Aids

So, are hearing aids uncomfortable? Put simply: some individuals experience them as a bit uncomfortable at first. As with many things in life, there’s an adjustment time, meaning your initial level of comfort will vary. But over time, you’ll get used to how your hearing aids feel and become more comfortable.

Recognizing that these adjustments will occur can help alleviate some of the anxiety. Knowing what you should expect will help you get accustomed to your hearing aids in a healthy, sustainable, and comfortable way.

Adapting to your hearing aid has two parts:

  • Becoming accustomed to an improved sound quality: In some cases, it may be the sound quality that you need to adapt to. For the majority of people who have been coping with hearing loss for some time, it will likely take some time to get used to hearing a full assortment of sound. It may sound a little loud at first or there could be frequencies of sound your not accustomed to hearing. At first, this can be rather distracting. For instance, one patient complained that he could hear his hair rubbing against his jacket. This is not abnormal. In a short period of time, your brain will make the appropriate adjustments to sounds it doesn’t need to hear.
  • Adapting to how your hearing aid feels: Your hearing specialist may recommend that you start off slowly wearing your hearing aids so you can have a little time to get accustomed to the feeling of the device in your ear. Even so, there should not be any pain involved. If you’re feeling pain due to your hearing aid, you should certainly speak with your hearing specialist as soon as possible.
  • If either the sound quality or the physical positioning of the hearing aids is disturbing you, it’s essential to speak to your hearing specialist about adjustments to increase your overall comfort and quicken the period of adjustment.

    How Can I Improve The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?

    Over the years, luckily, there are a few strategies that have worked fairly well.

    • Get the right fit: Fitting your ears well is what hearing aids are made to do. It might take a number of consultations with your hearing specialist to get everything functioning and fitting just right. You may also want to consider a custom fit hearing aid for optimal comfort and effectiveness.
    • Practice: The world might sound quite a bit different once you get your hearing aids. And it may take some time for your ears to adjust, especially when it comes to speech. There are many exercises (reading along with an audiobook or watching your favorite movie with the closed captions turned on) that can help you get better at this a little more quickly.
    • Start slow: You don’t need to use your hearing aids every day from morning till night right away. You can build up to that. Start by wearing your hearing aid for one to four hours a day. Inevitably, you will be wearing your hearing aids all day, when you become comfortable with them.

    You’re Hearing Aids Can be More Comfortable

    Your hearing aids might feel a little awkward for the first few days or weeks. But the faster you adjust to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your daily life. In order to make that transition, it’s critical that you wear them every day.

    Before you know it, you’ll be focusing on is having good conversation with friends.

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