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People typically don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they open up an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a considerable modification of your life. If your somebody who enjoys a very fixed routine, the change can be overwhelming. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But learning how to adjust to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Ways to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. Depending on your individual circumstances, that may represent a big adjustment. Following these guidelines may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

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 be. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your stamina.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will most likely need a transition period. You could have a tough time hearing speech clearly or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing using listening or reading drills (such as reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the initial things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. The fitting process helps adjust the device for your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. Several adjustments could be needed. It’s important to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a little difficult because something’s not working quite right. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. It can be overwhelming to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Consult your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally don’t work as effectively as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure 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 obstructions (such as excess earwax).

The Rewards of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may take you a little bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, you will have an easier and faster transition with these recommendations. But if you stick with it – if you put yourself into a routine with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes easy. But pretty soon you will be able to place your attention on what your hearing: like the daily conversation you’ve been missing out on or your favorite music. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.

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