Group of women practicing using their new hearing aids during lunch.

As a basic rule, people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they open up an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. That degree of change can be challenging, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys the placid convenience of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can create some particular difficulties. But understanding how to adjust to these devices can help ensure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Suggestion to Adapt to Your New Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. But your transition may be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your hearing aids for 18 hours a day can be a little uncomfortable. You could begin by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then steadily build up your stamina.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. During this adjustment period, it may be difficult to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing exercises like following along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. You might need to have several adjustment. It’s important to take these fittings seriously – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit well, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something isn’t working right and it becomes hard to adjust to it. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be frustrating). It can be hard to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally don’t perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (earwax for instance).
  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • talk about any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

It might take a little time to adapt to your new hearing aids just like it would with a new pair of glasses. Ideally, with the help of these recommendations, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be pleased by how natural it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. And once that takes place, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve been missing. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.