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People typically don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a considerable modification of your life. That amount of change can be tricky, especially if you’re somebody that has come to embrace the quiet convenience of your daily routine. There are very particular challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is mostly about knowing how to adjust to these devices.

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

Your hearing will be dramatically improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Depending on your personal situation, that might represent quite an adjustment. But your transition may be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a basic rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your hearing aids for 18 hours per day can be quite uncomfortable. You might start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will probably need a transition period. During this adjustment period, it might be tough to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But practicing using reading or listening exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting portion of your brain reassert itself.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process assists in adjusting the device to your individual loss of hearing, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. Several adjustments may be needed. It’s crucial to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. Your hearing aids will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something is not working properly and it becomes hard to adjust to it. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These kinds of issues can make it difficult to adjust to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Ask your hearing specialist to be sure that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they often don’t work as efficiently as they’re intended to.

The Advantages of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

It might take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these guidelines, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how normal it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. But before long you will be able to place your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve been missing. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And change is good.