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People generally don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a considerable modification of your life. That degree of change can be a challenge, especially if you’re somebody that enjoys the placid comfort of your everyday routine. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But learning how to adjust to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

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

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more robust pair, any new hearing aid will be a considerable improvement in how you hear. Depending on your personal circumstances, that may be quite an adjustment. But your transition might be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

Begin Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a general rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a little uncomfortable when your getting used to them if you use them for 18 hours a day. You could start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then gradually build up your endurance.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will most likely need a little bit of time to get used to the concept that it’s able to hear sounds again. During this adjustment period, it might be hard to follow conversations or make out speech clearly. But practicing using reading or listening drills (like reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain wake back up.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Increasing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting helps with. Several adjustments could be needed. It’s important to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit properly, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. Adjustments to various conditions can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there is too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be difficult to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s best to find solutions as early as possible. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they often don’t work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. At times, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Advantages

It might take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. We hope you will have an easier and quicker transition with these tips. But you will be pleased by how simple it will become if you stay with it and get into a routine. But before long you will be able to put your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve missed. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.