You finally obtained those new hearing aids. You’re so thrilled to be able to jump into your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing parts of conversations or experiencing uncomfortable transitions. But there’s a problem: everything sounds just a little off.
That’s because it’ll likely take you a while to adjust to a new set of hearing aids. Sometimes, this transition can be frustrating. You were so excited about 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 some practice, you can quickly get yourself to a place where you’re thinking less about your hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.
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 adapt.:
- Only wear your hearing aids for short periods of time at first: 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 funny at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start slowly. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can wear them for longer periods of time.
- Start with one-on-one conversations first: You might be setting yourself up for disappointment if you use your hearing aids in a crowded setting on the first day. It’s just that it’s difficult for your ear and brain to deal with focusing on all those different voices. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition smoother (and give you a bit of extra practice, too).
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house at first: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a better amount of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you concentrate on individual voices.
Tips that help you get added practice in
Much like any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are a few activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. Some of these are even enjoyable!
- Watch TV with the closed-captions on: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the television, and watch your favorite program. As you read the dialog you’ll also be hearing the actors speak, and your brain will start remembering what all these words sound like. This can give you some practice hearing and adjusting to speech.
- Do some listening practice: That’s right: sit in a quiet room and let your ears do the hearing. You can practice by focusing on trying to hear the refrigerator running or the cat meowing in the other room or the birds chirping outside.
- Read along with the printed book while you listen to the audiobook.: This comparable exercise can also be quite enjoyable. Your brain will learn to make connections between sounds and words by using this read along approach.
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 a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Be certain to note and report any pain: Because it shouldn’t be painful to wear hearing aids. So it’s important to report any problems with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to presume that once you’ve got the right hearing aids, you won’t need to have anymore hearing exams. This would be the worst idea. We can continue to monitor your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any required adjustments. These follow up appointments are really important.
Be patient, and build up to full-time hearing aids
Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the objective here. A slow and steadfast strategy works quite often, but everybody’s unique. You’ll want to get individualized advice from us on the best way for you to get accustomed to your new hearing aid.
These tips will help you live a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.