You’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. You got your new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the groove of your social life again. No more missed transitions or unclear conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t sound quite right.
The reason for this is that it will often take a bit of time before you adjust to your new hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. You were so excited about enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.
But there are some tips you can use to decrease this transition period. Pretty soon, with a bit of practice, you will be focusing on what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.
Tips that help you start Slowly
Your brain will take a little while to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to start slowly and purposely give your ears time to adjust.:
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house initially: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you concentrate on individual voices.
- Use your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by using your hearing aids for only a few hours at a time. Your hearing aids will most likely feel a little strange in your ears for a while so starting gradually is fine. You can begin to wear your hearing aids for longer durations as you become accustomed to them.
- Focus on one-on-one conversations first: You may be setting yourself up for frustration if you use your hearing aids in a crowded environment right out of the box. It’s just that it’s tough for your ear and brain to deal with focusing on all those different voices. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a bit of extra practice, too).
Get additional practice with these tips
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you practice hearing. You could even have some fun!
- Turn on closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: Turn the TV on, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the characters speak, and your brain will begin to remember what all these words sound like. This type of practice will help you adjust to understanding speech again.
- Read along with the printed version while you listen to the audiobook.: This comparable exercise can also be very enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook simultaneously will help your brain make links between sounds and words.
- Do some listening exercise: That’s right: Sit somewhere a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the refrigerator running or the cat meowing in the other room or the birds singing outside.
Tips to keep your hearing health strong
Of course, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your ears as healthy as possible. And there are a few tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get accustomed to using your new hearing aid:
- 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 adjust your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to check in on your hearing. It’s important to continue with these follow up visits.
- If you’re experiencing any pain, be sure you take note of it and report it to us.: Because it shouldn’t hurt to wear hearing aids. So if you’re noticing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to let us know as soon as you can.
Take your time, and build up to full-time hearing aids
Your goal here will be to work your way up to wearing your hearing aids all of the time. A slow and steadfast strategy works quite often, but everybody’s different. You’ll want to get personalized advice from us on the best way for you to get accustomed to your new hearing aid.
These tips will help you live a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.