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Tanya is sitting with her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first set of hearing aids. And she’s experiencing a little anxiety. Not, you know, a ton of anxiety. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s a little stressed about how comfortable she’ll feel with a high tech gadget sitting in her ear canal, especially since she’s never been a big fan of earplugs or earbuds.

These worries are not only felt by Tanya. Countless first-time hearing aid users have concerns about the overall fit and comfort of their hearing aids. Tanya has every desire of wearing her hearing aids. She’s anticipating hearing her son’s music and listening to her TV at a volume not likely to cause trouble with the neighbors. But will those hearing aids be comfortable?

Adjusting to Hearing Aids For The First Time

So, are hearing aids uncomfortable? The short answer is: some people experience them as a bit uncomfortable at first. As with lots of things in life, there’s an adjustment period, which means your initial level of comfort will fluctuate. But you will become more comfortable after a while as you get used to your hearing aids.

At times it’s just good to know that these adjustments are will happen. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be easier.

There are two stages to your adjustment:

  • Becoming comfortable with an improved quality of sound: In some cases, the improvement in sound quality takes some getting used to. For the majority of people who have been coping with hearing loss for some time, it will likely take some time to get used to hearing a full assortment of sound. It might sound a bit loud at first or there may be frequencies of sound your not accustomed to hearing. Initially, this can be somewhat distracting. One of our readers complained, for example, that he could hear his hair scraping against his jacket when he moved his head. This is normal. In a short period of time, your brain will make the required adjustments to sounds it doesn’t need to hear.
  • Adjusting to how your hearing aid feels: There could be some slight physical discomfort when you first start to wear your hearing aid, and your hearing specialist might suggest you initially wear your hearing aids for only part of the day. That being said, there shouldn’t be any pain involved. You should get in touch with your hearing specialist if your hearing aid is causing pain.
  • In order to improve your overall comfort and quicken the adjustment period, talk to your hearing specialist if you are experiencing trouble with the physical placement or sound quality of your hearing aids.

    How Can I Improve The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?

    Luckily, there are a few techniques that have proven to be quite effective over the years.

    • Get the right fit: Fitting your ears well is what hearing aids are designed to do. You’ll absolutely want to discuss your fit with your hearing specialist right off the bat, but you’ll also want to consult your hearing specialist for follow-up fittings to be sure everything is working properly and the fit is excellent. You may also want to consider a custom fit hearing aid for optimal effectiveness and comfort.
    • Practice: The world may sound just a little bit different after you get your hearing aids. And it might take some time for your ears to adapt, especially when it comes to speech. In order to get the hang of it a little more quickly, there are numerous practices you can do including watching a movie with caption or reading along with an audiobook.
    • Start slow: If you’re breaking in your first set of hearing aids, you shouldn’t feel as if you need to wear them all day, every day right away. You can take your time and work your way up to it. Start by wearing your hearing aid for a couple to a few hours a day. With that being said, you’ll want to build up to wearing your hearing aids all day, but you don’t have to begin there.

    Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable

    For the first few days or weeks, there might be some discomfort with your hearing aids. Before long you’re hearing aids will become a comfortable part of your daily life and the sooner you make the adjustments, the sooner this will happen. Wearing them every day is essential to make that transition work.

    Soon all you will have to think about is what you hear, not how you hear it.

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