Getting Used to Your New Hearing Aids – Here Are a Few Tips

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You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You got your new hearing aids. You’re so excited to be able to dive into your social life again. No more bad transitions or unclear conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t seem quite right.

The reason for this is that it will often take a bit of time before you get used to your new hearing aids. Sometimes, this transition can be annoying. You were so looking forward to enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s hard to be patient.

Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help accelerate the transition process. Pretty soon, with a little practice, you will be focusing on what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.

Start slowly with these tips

No matter how technologically sophisticated they might be, it’s going to take your brain some time to get used to hearing certain sounds again. Here are some ways you can deliberately give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:

  • Only wear your hearing aids for short periods of time at first: A few hours at a time is the most you should use your hearing aids when you first start out. They might feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s okay to start slowly. You can begin to wear your hearing aids for longer periods as you get used to them.
  • At first, try to pay attention to one-on-one conversations: If you wear your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you might be disappointed, not because the devices aren’t working. It’s just that it’s hard for your ear and brain to deal with focusing on all those different voices. By beginning with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition easier and also get a bit of extra practice.
  • Begin by using your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to experience noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you focus on individual voices.

Get additional practice with these tips

There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you with hearing aid practice. Some of these are even enjoyable!

  • Just practice hearing: That’s right: Sit somewhere a little quiet and take in the sounds around you. Start out by tuning in to the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds singing or nearby running water.
  • Listen to an audiobook while you read the print version: This is a very similar exercise (and allows you to have some fun reading while you’re at it). Your brain will learn to make associations between sounds and words by employing this read along strategy.
  • Watch TV with the closed-captions enabled: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the TV, and watch your favorite show. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like as you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This type of practice will help you get used to hearing speech again.

Tips to keep your hearing health up

Keeping your ears as healthy as you can, after all, is one of the main purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get used to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:

  • Be sure to note and report any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So it’s important to report any issues with fit or any pain right away.
  • Keep visiting us: You may not think you need to get hearing exams anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to monitor your hearing, make sure the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. It’s essential to continue with these follow up appointments.

Be patient, and work up to full-time hearing aids

Your objective here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids full time. A slow and progressive strategy is often effective, but everyone’s unique. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can help you with.

Following these tips (and tips like them) can help make sure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep wearing them because they continue to enhance your life.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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