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People generally don’t like change. Looked at through that prism, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: they create an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. If your somebody who appreciates a very fixed routine, the change can be overwhelming. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change positive is primarily about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Tips to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. But your transition may be a bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

The more you wear your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your devices for 18 hours a day can be quite unpleasant. You might begin by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your stamina.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will most likely need a transition period. You could have a hard time making out speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment time. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try practicing exercises such as reading along with an audiobook.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure assists in adjusting the device to your individual hearing loss, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help maximize comfort. You might require more than one adjustment. 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. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get 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 infuriating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. It can be difficult to adapt to hearing aids because of these kinds of problems, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they normally do not work as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).
  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Sometimes, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.

The Benefits of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it could with new glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to get used to your new hearing aids. Ideally, with the help of these recommendations, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stay with it – if you get yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes second-nature. And once that occurs, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the day-to-day interactions you’ve been missing. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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