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People generally don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: they create an exciting new world of sounds for you, but they also represent a substantial modification of your life. If your a person who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be difficult. New hearing aids can introduce some distinct challenges. But making this change a positive one is mostly about knowing how to adjust to these devices.

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

Your hearing will be significantly improved whether you are moving to your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. Depending on your personal circumstances, that may represent quite an adjustment. Following these guidelines might make your transition a little more comfortable.

Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a general rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a somewhat uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you wear them for 18 hours a day. You might start by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your stamina.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will probably need a transition period. You could have a difficult time hearing speech clearly or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing using reading or listening exercises (like reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain reassert itself.

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 for your individual loss of hearing, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. You could need to have several adjustments. It’s important to come see us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit properly, your devices will sit more comfortably and sound better. We can also help you make adjustments to various hearing environments.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is a bit difficult because something’s not working properly. Maybe you hear too much feedback (which can be uncomfortable). It can also be infuriating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be hard to adjust to hearing aids because of these kinds of problems, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these tips:

  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often do not perform as efficiently as they’re meant to.
  • If you notice 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 obstructions (such as excess earwax).

The Benefits of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to get used to your new hearing aids. Ideally, you will have a smoother and quicker transition with these recommendations. But you will be surprised how normal it will become if you stick with it and find a routine. And once that occurs, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite programs or music or the daily interactions you’ve been missing. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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