You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You received your new hearing aids. You’re so thrilled to be able to jump into your social life again. No more bad transitions or unclear conversations. But there’s an issue: everything sounds just a little off.
That’s because it’ll likely take you a while to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. You were so excited about enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s hard to be patient.
The good news is, there are some tips that can help speed up the transition process. With some practice, you can quickly get yourself to a space where you’re thinking less about your hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.
Start slowly with these tips
No matter how technologically advanced they may be, it’s going to take your brain some time to adjust to hearing certain sounds again. Here are a few ways you can purposely give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:
- Use your hearing aids for a short duration: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first start out. They may feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start a little bit at a time. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can wear them for longer durations.
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house initially: When you’re at home, you have a lot more control over what you’re hearing, and you’ll likely experience considerably less noise pollution. This means you can focus on one voice at a time.
- First, try to focus on one-on-one conversations: You could be setting yourself up for disappointment if you use your hearing aids in a noisy setting on the first day. When the brain has to pay attention to all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition smoother (and give you a little extra practice, too).
Get added practice with these tips
There are some activities, as with any skill, that can help you with hearing aid practice. Some of these are even fun!
- Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This similar exercise can also be quite enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook simultaneously will help your brain make connections between sounds and words.
- Use closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: Turn the TV on, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the actors talk, and your brain will begin to remember what all these words sound like. This kind of practice will help you adjust to understanding speech again.
- Just practice hearing: 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 singing or nearby running water.
Tips to keep your hearing health strong
Obviously, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your hearing as healthy as you can. And there are some tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get accustomed to using your new hearing aid:
- Be certain to note and report any pain: Because it shouldn’t be painful to wear hearing aids. So if you’re experiencing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible.
- Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to think that once you have the right hearing aids, you won’t need to see us anymore. This would be the worst idea. We can help make adjustments to your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to keep an eye on your hearing. It’s essential to continue with these follow up appointments.
Go slow and increase your time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids
Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the objective here. Everybody’s unique but the slow and steady approach usually works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
These tips will help you live a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.