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As a general rule, most people don’t like change. Experienced through that perspective, hearing aids can represent a double-edged sword: your life will undergo a huge change but they also will allow exciting new opportunities. That level of change can be a challenge, especially if you’re somebody that enjoys the quiet comfort of your day-to-day routine. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But making this change a positive one is largely about knowing how to adjust to these devices.

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

Your hearing will be considerably improved whether you are getting your first hearing aids or upgrading to a more powerful design. Depending on your individual circumstances, that might be a big adjustment. Following these tips may make your transition a bit more comfortable.

When You First Get Your Hearing Aids Only Wear Them Intermittently

As a general rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your devices for 18 hours a day can be a little uncomfortable. You could begin by trying to use your hearing aids for 8 hours at a time, and then gradually build up your stamina.

Practice Tuning in to Conversations

When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will probably need a little bit of time to become accustomed to the concept that it can hear sounds again. During this transition period, it may be tough to follow conversations or hear speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting region of your brain, you can try doing techniques like reading along with an audiobook.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Increasing comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. More than one adjustment could be needed. It’s crucial to consult us for follow-up appointments and to take these fittings seriously. When your hearing aids fit properly, your hearing aids will sit more comfortably and sound more natural. Adjustments to different conditions can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first purchase your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes hard to adjust to it. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. Or the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be infuriating). These types of issues can make it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s best to find solutions as early as you can. Try these tips:

  • If you hear a lot of feedback, ensure that your hearing aids are properly 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).
  • Consult your hearing professional to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Charge your hearing aids every day or replace the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they often do not perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • Talk over any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Sometimes, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other situations, it could be that we need to make some adjustments.

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Benefits

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it might take you a small amount of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, you will have an easier and quicker transition with these recommendations. But you will be pleased by how normal it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. And once that occurs, you’ll be capable of devoting your attention to the things you’re actually hearing: like your favorite shows or music or the daily conversations you’ve been missing. These sounds remind you that all those adjustments are worth it in the end. And change is good.

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