You finally got those new hearing aids. You’re so thrilled to be able to jump into your social life again. No more bad transitions or unclear conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t sound quite right.
That’s because it’ll most likely take you a while to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids. This can be a frustrating transition. After all, there was so much you were looking forward to, and that adjustment period just feels so long.
Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help speed up the transition process. 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.
Start slowly with these tips
Your brain will take a little while to get accustomed to hearing certain sounds again no matter how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Here are a few ways you can purposely give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:
- Only use your hearing aids for short periods of time at first: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first get started. They might feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start a little bit at a time. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can use them for longer durations.
- Focus on one-on-one conversations first: If you wear your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you could be discouraged, not because the hearing aids are doing anything wrong. When the brain needs to focus on all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. By beginning with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition easier and also get a little extra practice.
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house at first: When you’re at home, you have a lot more control over what you’re hearing, and you’ll probably experience considerably less noise pollution. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
Tips that help you get extra 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. You might even have a little fun!
- Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This is a very similar exercise (and allows you to get in some fun reading while you’re at it). Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make links between sounds and words.
- Watch TV with the closed-captions on: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, flip on the TV, and watch your favorite show. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like as you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This can give you some practice hearing and getting used to speech.
- Simply practice hearing: That’s right: Sit somewhere a little quiet and take in the sounds around you. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the fridge running or the cat meowing in another room or the birds chirping outside.
Strengthen your hearing health with these tips
Of course, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your hearing as healthy as you can. And there are a few tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get accustomed to wearing your new hearing aid:
- Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing assessments anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can help tune your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to check in on your hearing. It’s essential to continue with these follow up appointments.
- If you have any pain, be sure you document it and tell us about it.: Because it shouldn’t be painful to wear hearing aids. So it’s important to let us know about any problems with fit or any pain right away.
Take your time, and build up to full-time hearing aids
Your goal here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids all of the time. A slow and steady approach is often effective, but everyone’s unique. Understanding the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
These tips will help you have a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.