Group of women practicing using their new hearing aids during lunch.

People normally don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword with hearing aids: your life will experience a tremendous change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. If your somebody who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be hard. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But learning how to adapt to these devices can help guarantee your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Ways to Adjust to Your New Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first set of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more powerful set, any new hearing aid will represent a significant improvement to the way you hear. That could be quite a challenge depending on your situation. But your transition might be a bit smoother if you follow these guidelines.

Start Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

The more you use your hearing aids, as a basic rule, the healthier your ears will stay. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, using your hearing aids for 18 hours per day can be somewhat unpleasant. You might try to build up your stamina by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When you first start wearing your hearing aids, your brain will probably need a little bit of time to get accustomed to the concept that it can hear sounds again. You might have a hard time making out speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing with reading or listening drills (like reading along to an audiobook) can allow the language-hearing-and-interpreting region of your brain to wake back up.

Spend The Time to Get a Hearing Aid Fitting

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will do – is go through a fitting process. The fitting procedure helps adjust the device for your individual hearing loss, differences in the shape and size of your ear canal, and help improve comfort. You could require more than one adjustment. It’s imperative to take these fittings seriously – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit well. Adjustments to various conditions can also be done by us.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes when you first get your hearing aid something isn’t working properly and it becomes hard to adjust to it. If there is too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. Or the hearing aid keeps falling out (which can be infuriating). These types of problems can make it difficult to adapt to your hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Consult your hearing expert to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • Discuss any buzzing or ringing with your hearing specialist. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it could be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they normally don’t perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.
  • If you notice a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly sitting in your ears (it might be that your fit is just a little off) and that there aren’t any obstructions (earwax for instance).

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids Has Its Rewards

Just as it could with new glasses, it may take you a bit of time to get used to your new hearing aids. Ideally, you will have an easier and quicker transition with these recommendations. But you will be surprised how simple it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. But pretty soon you will be able to place your attention on what your hearing: like the daily discussion you’ve been missing out on or your favorite music. In the end, all these adjustments are well worth it. And change is good.