If you’ve never worn hearing aids before, or you are changing to a new style of hearing aids, it may take you a few days to get used to your new devices. Here are some of our top tips for adjusting to new hearing aids.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Several Hours Each Day
When you first put in your new hearing aids, the world around you may sound very different. You’ll notice sounds you haven’t heard in a while, and some sounds will seem very loud. For example, the hum of the fridge might suddenly seem very loud and obvious, or the sound of your voice may seem strange.
The best way to adjust to these new sounds is by wearing your hearing aids as much as possible. Start by wearing them at home and get used to the sounds in your house. In a few days, you’ll have no problem distinguishing between background sounds and the sounds you want to hear.
Wear your hearing aids as much as you can, but take short breaks if you need to. You may feel more tired at first, since your brain has to get used to hearing all these new sounds. Within a few days, you’ll be able to wear your hearing aids longer, and you’ll notice that you can easily hear sounds without straining to hear.
Wear Your Hearing Aids During Conversations
In the first few days, focus on having conversations while wearing your hearing aids. This will help you adjust to hearing voices and understanding speech. You’ll soon notice that you don’t have to ask your family to repeat themselves, and you’ll be able to hear every word they say.
Wearing hearing aids during conversations also helps you get used to the sound of your own voice. Your hearing aids will make your voice sound a bit different at first. It may seem like your voice is very loud. After a few days your brain will get used to the sound of your voice, and you won’t notice anything different about your voice.
Take Your Hearing Aids Outside
After wearing your hearing aids in the house, take them outside! You’ll need to adjust to hearing in places with background noise. Whether you meet your family in the park or have dinner at a restaurant with friends, your hearing aids will help you hear by reducing background noise and helping you focus on the speech sounds you want to hear. It will take some time to get used to hearing in places with background noise. It will also take you a few days to learn the programs and settings that make it easier for you to hear in noise.
Take Note of Any Discomfort
If you have custom molded hearing aids, they should be very comfortable. In the first couple of days, you may notice some tenderness in your ears as you get used to wearing your hearing aids. But they should never hurt! If you’re noticing any discomfort in the fit of your hearing aids, let us know and we’ll make sure they’re fitting properly.
Schedule a Follow-up Visit
During your fitting appointment we’ll cover a lot of information and do an initial fitting. We’ll also schedule a follow-up visit for a week or two after the initial fitting.
During this visit, we’ll make sure your hearing aids are completely comfortable. We’ll also check to see if they’re calibrated to exactly match your hearing needs. If any sounds seem too loud or too soft, we will make adjustments so that you are hearing comfortably.
This visit is also the perfect time to ask any more questions you have about your hearing aid programs and settings. We’ll help you learn the ins and outs of your hearing aids so that they’re doing all the work of helping you hear.
We’re Here to Help!
Now is the perfect time to invest in your hearing health. Appreciate all the sounds you’ve been missing, and enjoy music, the sound of kids playing outside, and effortless conversations with your loved ones. As you adjust to your hearing aids, you won’t be able to imagine your life without them. And best of all, you can get a hearing test and hearing aids in the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.