Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being measured for her very first pair of hearing aids. And it’s causing her some anxiety. Her anxiety isn’t really that bad. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s somewhat worried that she will be uncomfortable with a high tech gizmo inside of her ear canal, especially because she doesn’t really like earpods or earplugs.
These worries are not unique to Tanya. Many first-time hearing aid users have fears about the comfort and general fit of their hearing aids. Tanya has every desire of wearing her hearing aids. She’s looking forward to hearing her son’s jokes and listening to her television at a level not likely to cause problems with the neighbors. But will those hearing aids be fit her ears comfortably?
How to Adapt When You First Wear Your Hearing Aids
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? Simply put: some individuals find them to be a bit uncomfortable when they first use them. Early levels of comfort will vary because, like many things in life, there’s a period of adjustment. But you will get more comfortable over time as you become used to your hearing aids.
Knowing that these adjustments are coming can help relieve some of the concerns. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be smoother.
There are two stages to your adjustment:
If either the sound quality or the physical positioning of the hearing aids is bothering you, it’s critical to speak to your hearing specialist about adjustments to increase your general comfort and progress the period of adjustment.
Can I Make my Hearing Aids More Comfortable?
Over the years, luckily, there are a few strategies that have worked fairly well.
- Start slow: If you’re breaking in your first set of hearing aids, you shouldn’t feel as if you need to wear them all day, every day at first. You can gradually work your way up to it. Begin by wearing your hearing aid for one to four hours a day. That said, you’ll want to work up to using your hearing aids all day, but you don’t have to begin there.
- Get the right fit: Fitting your ears well is what hearing aids are made to do. It may take a number of consultations with your hearing specialist to get everything working and fitting just right. You may also want to think about a custom fit hearing aid for maximum comfort and effectiveness.
- Practice: The world may sound just a little bit different after you get your hearing aids. Adapting to sound, specifically speech, may take a while. There are many practices (reading along with an audiobook or watching TV with the closed captions turned on) that can help you get better at this a little faster.
You’re Hearing Aids Can be More Comfortable
Your hearing aids might feel a little uncomfortable for the first few days or weeks. But the more quickly you adapt to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your everyday life. In order to make that transition, it’s essential that you wear them on a daily basis.
Pretty soon, you’ll be thinking about is having good conversation with friends.