You finally obtained your new hearing aids. You’re so excited to be able to jump into your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing parts of conversations or experiencing uncomfortable transitions. But there’s a problem: everything sounds a little bit off.
The reason for this is that it will normally take a bit of time before you get used to your new hearing aids. This can be a frustrating transition. After all, there was so much you were looking forward to, and that adjustment period just feels so slow.
But there are some tips you can use to reduce this transition period. With a little 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
Your brain will take a little while to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Here are a few ways you can intentionally give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:
- Only use your hearing aids for short amounts of time at first: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first start out. Your hearing aids will probably feel a little weird in your ears for a while so starting slowly is okay. You can begin to wear your hearing aids for longer durations as you become accustomed to them.
- Begin by wearing your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
- Start with one-on-one conversations first: You may be setting yourself up for frustration if you wear your hearing aids in a crowded environment right out of the box. When the brain has to focus on all those voices, it can get overloaded at first. By beginning with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition smoother and also get a bit of extra practice.
Get added practice with these tips
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you with hearing aid practice. Some of these are even fun!
- Turn on closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the TV, and watch your favorite show. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like as you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This type of practice will help you get used to hearing speech again.
- Read along with the printed version while you listen to the audiobook.: This comparable exercise can also be quite enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook together will help your brain make connections between sounds and words.
- Just practice hearing: That’s right: Go somewhere a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the fridge running or the cat meowing in the other room or the birds singing outside.
Tips to keep your hearing health up
Obviously, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your ears as healthy as possible. But, as you take some time to get accustomed to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Be sure to note and let us know about any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t be painful. So it’s important to let us know about any issues with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: You may not think you need to get hearing assessments anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to monitor your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any required adjustments. These follow up appointments are really important.
Go slow and increase your time as you get used to your hearing aids
Your goal here will be to work your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time. A slow and steadfast approach is often effective, but everybody’s different. You’ll want to get individualized guidance from us on the best way for you to get accustomed to your new hearing aid.
These tips will help you live a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.