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How to Adapt to New Hearing Aids


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People generally don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they unlock an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. That amount of change can be challenging, specifically if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the placid comfort of your daily routine. There are very particular challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change positive is primarily about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

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

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more robust pair, any new hearing aid is going to be a considerable enhancement in how you hear. That could be quite a challenge depending on your circumstances. But your transition may be a little bit smoother if you follow these tips.

Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you wear 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 hearing aids for 18 hours a day can be somewhat unpleasant. You might begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then gradually build up your endurance.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get used to the idea that it can hear sounds again. You could have a difficult time making out speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment time. But practicing using listening or reading drills (like reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting part of your brain to wake back up.

Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. More than one adjustment may be required. It’s crucial to take these fittings seriously – and to see us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something may not be working properly and it becomes hard to adapt to it. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. These types 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 tips:

  • Ask your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally do not perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no obstructions (such as excess earwax).
  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Advantages

It could take a little time to adjust to your new hearing aids just like it would with new glasses. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and faster transition with these recommendations. But you will be surprised how simple it will become if you stay with it and find a routine. And once that happens, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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