You finally got those 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 sound quite right.
That’s because it’ll likely take you some time to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. After all, there was so much you were excited to do, and that adjustment period just feels so slow.
But there are a few tips you can use to minimize this transition period. Before long, with a bit of practice, you will be focusing on what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.
Start slowly with these tips
Your brain will take a little time to get accustomed to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to proceed slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adjust.:
- Start with one-on-one conversations first: You might be setting yourself up for frustration if you wear your hearing aids in a crowded setting right out of the box. When the brain has to focus on all those voices, it can get overloaded at first. By starting out with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition easier and also get a bit of extra practice.
- Begin by using your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater amount of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you focus on individual voices.
- Use your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by wearing your hearing aids for only a few hours at a time. They may feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start slowly. You can begin to use your hearing aids for longer durations as you become accustomed to them.
Tips that help you get added 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!
- Just practice hearing: That’s right: sit in a quiet place and let your ears do the hearing. You can practice by focusing on trying to hear the refrigerator running or the cat meowing in another room or the birds chirping outside.
- Turn on closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: Turn on the TV, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. As you read the dialog you’ll also be hearing the actors speak, and your brain will begin to remember what all these words sound like. This type of practice will help you get used to hearing speech again.
- Read along with the printed book while you listen to the audiobook.: This is a very similar exercise (and allows you to have some fun reading while you’re at it). Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make associations between sounds and words.
Improve your hearing health with these tips
Keeping your ears as healthy as possible, after all, is one of the main purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get accustomed to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Be sure to note and let us know about any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So it’s important to let us know about any issues with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to think that once you’ve got the right hearing aids, you won’t need to have anymore hearing exams. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to track your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any required adjustments. These follow up appointments are very important.
Go slow and increase your time as you get used to your hearing aids
Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the objective here. Everybody’s different but the slow and steady strategy often works best. Understanding the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
Sticking with these tips (and tips like them) can help ensure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep wearing them because they continue to improve your life.