Treating hearing loss and getting new hearing aids is an exciting time. Hearing aids provide ample hearing support, offering numerous benefits like strengthened communication and relationships. It is important to know that it takes a little bit of time to adjust to new hearing aids. Your brain is being exposed to new sounds and stimuli that you likely haven’t heard in quite some time. So it is helpful to give yourself the time and practice to get familiar and comfortable with your new device. Here are a few tips you can use to best adjust to your new hearing aids:
- Ask questions during hearing aid fitting. After your hearing capacities are thoroughly evaluated and your hearing needs are identified, your hearing healthcare provider will help you navigate your hearing aid options. During a follow-up appointment – known as the hearing aid fitting appointment – you will receive your hearing aids which will be programmed to meet your specific hearing needs. Your hearing healthcare provider will train you on how to use and maintain your device. This is a great opportunity to ask all the questions you have so that you have a solid understanding of how to maximize your hearing aids. The goal is for you to be comfortable wearing and using this new device in daily life so preparing questions in advance is a useful way to get the most out of your appointment.
- Always wear hearing aids. Hearing aids are designed to support your hearing health in all of the environments you navigate. It is important to wear your hearing aids during waking hours. You should remove them before sleeping, showering or engaging in any water based activities but outside of this, your hearing aids should always be worn. You may be tempted, when you first get them, to not wear them all the time. It takes time to get comfortable integrating this new device into your everyday life but hearing aids are intended to support you.
- Start wearing hearing aids at home. When you first start wearing hearing aids, it can be really helpful to start where you live. Wearing your hearing aids in an environment that you are already comfortable in and know well can help you better adjust. Being a quieter space that you are familiar with creates less distractions and greater ease for you to get accustomed to how hearing aids feel.
- Practice communicating with loved ones. Wearing hearing aids can be uncomfortable at first. A great way to get comfortable is by practicing communicating with friends and family members. This allows you to feel more comfortable navigating a new way of having a conversation. You may miss words, ask for clarification, and simply adjust to hearing other people’s voices with hearing aids. Doing this with people you already know and have a relationship with is a great way to feel encouraged to practice communication.
- Give yourself time. It is important to remember that it takes time to adjust to new hearing aids. These devices are not like glasses which you wear and vision is instantly enhanced. Your brain is receiving greater auditory information and hearing sounds that it likely has not heard in awhile. It takes time to adjust to these sounds and new ways of hearing. Be sure to be patient and flexible as your auditory system is relearning how to hear and process speech as well as sound.
- Take breaks. Adjusting to new hearing aids can be tiring at first. Your ears and brain are taking in new stimuli and processing greater sound information. You may feel fatigued and overloaded by all of this sensory input. Taking breaks is a useful way to give your auditory system time to rest. You can also wear your hearing aids for a few hours at a time and increase the amount of time progressively.
- Attend follow-up appointments. It is common to have follow-up appointments to ensure that you are adjusting your new hearing aid. Settings might be adjusted and the fit discussed to ensure that your device is performing optimally. This is a great time to provide feedback and discuss any questions you may have.
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