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People generally don’t like change. Experienced through that prism, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they unlock an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial modification of your life. That level of change can be tricky, especially if you’re somebody that enjoys the quiet convenience of your daily routine. New hearing aids can create a few distinct difficulties. But making this change positive is primarily about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Tips to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more powerful set, any new hearing aid is going to represent a considerable enhancement in how you hear. Dependant on your personal situation, that could represent quite an adjustment. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might try to build up your endurance by beginning with 8 hours and building up from there.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When you first start using your hearing aids, your brain will probably need a little bit of time to get used to the concept that it can hear sounds again. During this transition period, it may be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing exercises such as reading along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. You might require several adjustments. It’s imperative to take these fittings seriously – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. Adjustments to various environments can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something may not be working right and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be painful. Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be infuriating). It can be overwhelming to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure 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 (earwax for instance).
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often do not perform as efficiently as they’re meant to.
  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone can 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 Benefits

It may take a little time to adapt to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will proceed a little bit more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how natural 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 hearing: like the day-to-day conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite music. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.

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