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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 prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: your life will experience a huge change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. That amount of change can be a challenge, especially if you’re somebody that enjoys the placid comfort of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can introduce a few particular difficulties. But making this change positive is primarily about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

Here Are Some Quick Ways to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more powerful pair, any new hearing aid will represent a considerable enhancement in how you hear. Dependant on your individual circumstances, that may be quite an adjustment. Following these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your devices for 18 hours a day can be quite unpleasant. You may try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first begin wearing your hearing aids, your brain will likely need some time to get used to the idea that it can hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it may be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But practicing using listening or reading drills (like reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain reassert itself.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual loss of hearing are all things that a fitting can help with. Several adjustments might be required. It’s crucial to take these fittings seriously – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something is not working properly and it becomes hard to adapt to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). These kinds 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:

  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. At times, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Ask your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It could take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, you will have an easier and faster transition with these suggestions. But you will be pleased by how simple it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. But before long you will be able to place your attention on what your hearing: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve been missing. In the end, all these adjustments are well worth it. And change is good.

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