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People normally 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 represent a substantial transformation of your life. That amount of change can be challenging, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys the quiet convenience of your every day routine. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is mostly about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Tips to Help You Adjust More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be dramatically enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be challenging depending on your situation. Utilizing these guidelines might make your transition a little more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

The more you use your hearing aids, as a general rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours per day can be somewhat unpleasant. You might try to build up your stamina by beginning with 8 hours and increasing from there.

Pay Attention to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. During this adjustment period, it might be difficult to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting portion of your brain, you can try practicing exercises like following along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you receive your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Improving comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. Several adjustments might be needed. It’s crucial to come see us for follow-up appointments and to be serious about these fittings. When your hearing aids fit well, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. We can also help you make adjustments to different hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first buy your hearing aid something is not working properly and it becomes difficult to adjust to it. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps falling out. These kinds of issues can make it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these tips:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. At times, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to diminish, they normally don’t work as effectively as they’re meant to.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there are no blockages (such as excess earwax).

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It might take a bit of time to adjust to your new hearing aids just as it would with a new pair of glasses. Ideally, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these tips. But you will be pleased by how natural it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. And once that happens, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing out on or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments are well worth it. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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