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Tips to Adapting to New Hearing Aids


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People generally don’t like change. Experienced through that prism, hearing aids can be a double-edged sword: they open up an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial transformation of your life. If your someone who likes a very fixed routine, the change can be difficult. New hearing aids can introduce a few distinct difficulties. But knowing how to adapt to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Guidelines to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be considerably enhanced whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful model. That could be quite a challenge depending on your circumstances. Utilizing these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Use Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will be. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You could try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will probably need a transition period. During this transition period, it may be difficult to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion 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 helps adjust the device for your individual hearing loss, differences in the size and shape of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. You may need to have more than one adjustment. It’s important to be serious about these fittings – 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 assist you in making adjustments to different hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something is not working right and it becomes difficult to adapt to it. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be painful). Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). These kinds of issues can make it hard to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • talk about any buzzing or ringing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often don’t perform as effectively as they’re intended to.

The Rewards of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

It could take a little time to adapt to your new hearing aids just like it would with a new pair of glasses. Ideally, with the help of these suggestions, that adjustment period will proceed 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 adapting to them – you’ll be pleased by how it all becomes second-nature. And once that occurs, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like your favorite programs or music or the day-to-day conversations you’ve missed. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And change is good.

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