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Tips to Adapting to New Hearing Aids


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People typically don’t like change. Looked at through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial modification of your life. That level of change can be a challenge, especially if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the quiet comfort of your daily routine. New hearing aids can present some specific difficulties. But learning 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 significantly enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. But your transition may be a little bit easier if you follow these tips.

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 be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours a day can be a little uncomfortable. You may try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will most likely need a transition period. You might have a hard time hearing speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment time. But practicing using reading or listening exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain wake back up.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. Enhancing comfort, taking account of the shape and size of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal loss of hearing are all things that a fitting helps with. You might require several adjustments. It’s important to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. Adjustments to different conditions can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not working quite right. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). It can be difficult to adapt to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:

  • Charge your hearing aids every night or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they normally do not work as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • Consult your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It might take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Ideally, with the help of these recommendations, that adjustment period will proceed somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stick with it – if you get yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes easy. And once that takes place, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the daily interactions you’ve been missing. In the end all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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