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As a basic rule, people don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a significant modification of your life. If your someone who appreciates a very fixed routine, the change can be difficult. There are very particular challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is largely about understanding how to adjust to these devices.

Guidelines to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be challenging depending on your situation. But your transition may be a little bit smoother if you follow these tips.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

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 getting used to them if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will probably need an adjustment period. You could have a tough time making out speech clearly or following conversations during this adjustment period. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting part of your brain, you can try doing techniques such as following along with an audiobook.

Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process assists in adjusting the device for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. Several adjustments may be needed. It’s imperative to be serious about these fittings – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your hearing aids will sound better and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a little difficult because something’s not functioning properly. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be difficult to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they often do not perform as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no blockages (such as excess earwax).
  • Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing expert to be certain that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a little bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these suggestions. But if you stick with it – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adapting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes second-nature. And once that happens, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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