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As a basic rule, people don’t like change. Experienced through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: your life will experience an enormous change but they also will allow exciting new possibilities. That amount of change can be tricky, especially if you’re somebody that has come to embrace the placid comfort of your day-to-day routine. There are very specific challenges with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is largely about learning how to adjust to these devices.

Tips to Help You Adapt More Quickly to Your Hearing Aids

Your hearing will be significantly enhanced whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. But your transition may be a bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a basic rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your devices for 18 hours a day can be quite uncomfortable. You could begin by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then steadily build up your stamina.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will likely need an adjustment period. During this transition period, it might be hard to follow conversations or hear speech clearly. But practicing using reading or listening exercises (such as reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.

Take The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aids, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual loss of hearing are all things that a fitting helps with. Several adjustments might be required. It’s essential to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit well, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound better. Adjustments to various conditions can also be made by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there is too much feedback that can be painful. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be hard to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s best to find solutions as soon as possible. Try these guidelines:

  • Talk over any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Consult your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are correctly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (such as excess earwax).
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to wane, they normally do not perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.

Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

It could take a little time to adapt to your new hearing aids just as it would with new glasses. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will proceed a bit more smoothly (and quickly). But if you stick with it – if you get yourself into a regimen with your hearing aids and really invest in adjusting to them – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how it all becomes second-nature. But before long you will be able to place your attention on what your hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the daily interactions you’ve been missing. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.

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