Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first set of hearing aids. And it’s causing her some level anxiety. Her anxiety isn’t actually that bad. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s somewhat worried about how comfortable she’ll feel with a high tech gizmo inside of her ear canal, particularly since she’s never been a huge fan of earbuds or earplugs.
Tanya’s worries are not unusual. Fit and overall comfort are worries for many first time hearing aid users. Tanya wants to wear her hearing aid. Now she won’t need to crank the television up so loud that it disturbs her family or even her neighbors. But will those hearing aids be comfortable?
How to Adapt When You First Wear Your Hearing Aids
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? The short response is: some people find them to be a little uncomfortable when they first use them. Initial levels of comfort will fluctuate because, as with many things in life, there’s an adjustment period. But you will feel more comfortable after a while as you get acquainted with your hearing aids.
Often it’s just good to realize that these adjustments are will happen. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be smoother.
Adjusting to your hearing aid includes two phases:
In order to enhance your general comfort and hasten the adjustment period, speak with your hearing specialist if you are experiencing trouble with the physical placement or sound quality of your hearing aids.
Can I Make my Hearing Aids More Comfortable?
Over the years, fortunately, there are a few strategies that have worked fairly well.
- Start slow: You don’t need to wear your hearing aids every day from morning till night at first. You can build up to that. Begin by wearing your hearing aid for a couple to a few hours a day. Ultimately, you will be using your hearing aids all day, when you become comfortable with them.
- Get the right fit: Fitting your ears comfortably is what hearing aids are made to do. It could take several visits with your hearing specialist to get everything working and fitting just right. And for optimal comfort and effectiveness, you may want to consider a custom fit hearing aid.
- Practice: The world might sound just a little bit different after you get your hearing aids. Adapting to sound, especially speech, may take a while. There are many exercises (reading along with an audiobook or watching TV with the closed captions turned on) that can help you get the hang of this a little more quickly.
Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable
For the first few days or weeks, there might be a little discomfort with your hearing aids. Before long you’re hearing aids will become a comfortable part of your day to day life and the sooner you make the adjustments, the sooner this will happen. Wearing them every day is essential to make that transition happen.
Soon all you will have to consider is what you hear, not how you hear it.