You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You received your new hearing aids. You’re so thrilled to be able to dive into your social life again. No more bad transitions or confused conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t seem quite right.
The reason for this is that it will usually take some time before you adjust to your new hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. You were so looking forward to enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s hard to be patient.
But there are several tips you can use to decrease this transition period. With a little practice, you can quickly get yourself to a place where you’re paying less attention to hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.
Tips that help you start Slowly
Your brain will take a little while to get accustomed to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Here are a few ways you can deliberately give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:
- Focus on one-on-one conversations first: If you wear your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day using the devices, you may be disappointed, not because the hearing aids aren’t working. It’s just that it’s tough for your ear and brain to manage focusing on all those different voices. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition smoother (and give you a bit of extra practice, as well).
- Start by wearing your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to experience noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you focus on individual voices.
- Only wear your hearing aids for short periods of time at first: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by using your hearing aids for just a few hours at a time. Your hearing aids will most likely feel a little weird in your ears for a while so beginning gradually is okay. As your hearing aids get more comfortable, you can use them for longer durations.
Tips that help you get extra practice in
Similar to any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are certain activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. You may even have some fun!
- Do some listening practice: That’s right: Sit someplace a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the refrigerator running or the cat meowing in another room or the birds singing outside.
- Listen to an audiobook while you read the print version: This comparable exercise can also be very enjoyable. Your brain will learn to make associations between words and sounds by employing this read along approach.
- Use closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the television, and watch your favorite show. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the characters speak, and your brain will start remembering what all these words sound like. This can give you some practice hearing and adjusting to speech.
Tips to keep your hearing health strong
Obviously, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your hearing as healthy as possible. But, as you take some time to get used to your new hearing aids, there are some things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to think that once you have the right hearing aids, you won’t need to have anymore hearing exams. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can help adjust your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to check in on your hearing. These follow up visits are very important.
- If you have any pain, make sure you document it and tell us about it.: Your hearing aids shouldn’t be painful. So if you’re experiencing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to report it as soon as you can.
Go slow and increase your time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids
Working your way up to using your hearing aids full time is the objective here. A slow and progressive strategy works quite often, but everyone’s unique. You’ll want to get personalized guidance from us on the best way for you to get used to your new hearing aid.
Implementing these tips (and tips like them) can help make sure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep using them because they continue to enrich your life.