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

As a basic rule, most people don’t like change. Taking this into account, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: your life will undergo a tremendous change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. If your someone who appreciates a very fixed routine, the change can be difficult. There are very specific hurdles with new hearing aids. But knowing how to adjust to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Ways 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. That could be challenging depending on your circumstances. But your transition may be a little bit easier if you follow these guidelines.

Begin Using Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a basic rule, the more you use your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will be. But if you’re breaking in your very first pair, wearing your devices for 18 hours a day can be quite uncomfortable. You could try to build up your endurance by starting with 8 hours and building up from there.

Listen to Conversations For Practice

When your brain is first able to hear sound again it will probably need a transition period. During this adjustment period, it may be tough to follow conversations or make out speech with clarity. But if you want to reset the hearing-language-and-interpreting part of your brain, you can try doing exercises such as reading along with an audiobook.

Have Your Hearing Aids Fitted

Even before you get your final hearing aid, one of the first things you will have to do – is go through a fitting process. Maximizing comfort, taking account of the shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your individual hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. More than one adjustment might be required. It’s important to take these fittings seriously – and to consult us for follow-up appointments. Your hearing aids will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adjusting to a new hearing aid is a little difficult because something’s not working properly. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. Or perhaps the hearing aid keeps cutting out (which can be frustrating). It can be overwhelming to adapt to hearing aids because of these types of problems, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decline, they normally don’t work as efficiently as they’re meant to.
  • Ask your hearing specialist to double check that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your loss of hearing.
  • Discuss any ringing or buzzing with your hearing professional. Occasionally, your cell phone can cause interference with your hearing aid. In other instances, it may be that we have to make some adjustments.
  • 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 bit off) and that there are no obstructions (such as excess earwax).

The Benefits of Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it could with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a small amount of time to adjust to your new hearing aids. Hopefully, with the help of these tips, that adjustment period will go somewhat more smoothly (and quickly). But you will be surprised how simple it will become if you stay with it and get into a routine. And once that happens, you’ll be able to devote your attention to the things you’re actually listening to: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. Ultimately all these adjustments will be well worth it. And change is good.