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People normally don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: they create an amazing new world of sounds for you, but they also signify a substantial transformation of your life. That degree of change can be a challenge, particularly if you’re somebody that has come to embrace the quiet comfort of your day-to-day routine. New hearing aids can introduce a few particular challenges. But understanding how to adapt to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

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

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more robust set, any new hearing aid is going to be a significant improvement to how you hear. Dependant on your individual circumstances, that could represent quite an adjustment. But your transition might be a bit easier if you follow these tips.

Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

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 your getting used to them if you use them for 18 hours a day. You might start by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then gradually build up your endurance.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first begin using your hearing aids, your brain will likely need a little bit of time to get used to the concept that it can hear sounds again. 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 practicing exercises such as reading along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

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 procedure assists in adjusting the device to your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help enhance comfort. You might need to have several adjustments. It’s essential to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit well, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. Adjustments to various environments can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not functioning properly. Possibly you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). These kinds of problems can make it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as early as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • If you hear 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 little off) and that there are no blockages (earwax for instance).
  • Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing expert. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Charge your hearing aids every night or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally do not perform as efficiently as they’re meant to.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to get used to your new hearing aids. We hope you will have a smoother and faster 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. But before too long you will be able to place your attention on what your listening to: like your favorite shows or music or the daily interactions you’ve missed. In the end, all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.

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