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People typically don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they create an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a significant modification of your life. That level of change can be a challenge, particularly if you’re the type of person that has come to embrace the placid convenience of your daily routine. New hearing aids can present a few distinct challenges. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will enjoy.

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

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an improvement to a more powerful pair, any new hearing aid is going to be a considerable improvement in how you hear. Dependant on your personal situation, that might represent a big adjustment. But your transition may be a little bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.

Start Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then steadily build up your endurance.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will likely need a transition period. During this adjustment period, it might be difficult to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try doing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Improving comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal loss of hearing are all things that a fitting helps with. You might need to have more than one adjustment. It’s crucial to take these fittings seriously – and to see us for follow-up appointments. When your hearing aids fit properly, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. We can also assist you in making adjustments to different hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes hard to adapt to it. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be difficult to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these tips:

  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often don’t work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • Ask your hearing expert to be sure that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • If you hear 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 blockages (earwax for instance).

The Rewards of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. We hope you will have an easier and faster transition with these recommendations. But you will be surprised how normal it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. And once that occurs, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like the daily discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite music. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.