Tips for Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aid

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You’ve been waiting for this day for quite a while. You received your new hearing aids. You’re so thrilled to be able to dive into your social life again. No more bad transitions or confused conversations. But there’s an issue: everything sounds a little bit off.

That’s because it’ll probably take you some time to adjust to a new set of hearing aids. This can be a frustrating transition. After all, there was so much you were looking forward to, and that adjustment period just feels so slow.

Luckily, there are a few tips that can help accelerate the transition process. Before long, with a bit of practice, you will be focusing on what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.

Start slowly with these tips

Your brain will take a little time to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Here are some ways you can purposely give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:

  • Begin by using your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a better degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
  • Use your hearing aids for a short duration: A few hours at a time is the most you should use your hearing aids when you first get started. Your hearing aids will most likely feel a little weird in your ears for a while so starting slowly is okay. You can start to wear your hearing aids for longer periods as you become accustomed to them.
  • Initially, try to pay attention to one-on-one conversations: If you use your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you may be disappointed, not because the hearing aids aren’t working. It’s just that it’s difficult 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 smoother and also get a bit of additional practice.

Tips that help you get added practice in

Much like any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are a few activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. You may even have some fun!

  • Turn on closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, turn on the television, and watch your favorite program. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the actors talk, and your brain will begin to remember what all these words sound like. This kind of practice will help you get used to understanding speech again.
  • Read along with the printed version while you listen to the audiobook.: 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 using this read along technique.
  • Just practice hearing: That’s right: Go somewhere a little quiet and take in the sounds around you. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the fridge running or the cat meowing in another room or the birds chirping outside.

Improve your hearing health with these tips

Keeping your ears as healthy as possible, after all, is one of the principal purposes of hearing aids. And there are a few tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get used to using your new hearing aid:

  • If you have any pain, be sure you take note of it and tell us about it.: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So it’s important to report any problems with fit or any pain right away.
  • Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing evaluations anymore after you get your hearing aids. This would be a bad idea. We can help tune your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to check in on your hearing. These follow up appointments are really important.

Go slow and increase your time as you get used to your hearing aids

Your goal here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids all of the time. Everyone’s different but the slow and steady approach often works best. Understanding 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 ensure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep wearing them because they continue to enrich 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.