Tips for New Hearing Aid Wearers
The difference you will experience when you first put on a pair of hearing aids can be nothing short of transformative. The difference between your restored hearing and the physical sensation of wearing the device requires a little adjustment. Here, we’re going to look at how you can make the transition much easier with the aid of your audiologist. Start getting used to your new hearing aids with the tips provided below.
Wear them a little more each day
When you first get your hearing aids, you shouldn’t wear them all day, every day. The difference in hearing can be profound, so noises that you might not have heard before, such as the hum of the fridge or the ticking of a clock, may be a little distracting. To start with, you should wear your hearing aids for a couple of hours a day. As time goes on, you should wear them a little more per day, until you’re wearing them all day, except for when you’re in bed or in the bathroom. If you ever feel tired or overwhelmed from wearing your hearing aids, you should adjust the amount of time per day down a little, then build it back up again.
Start in quiet environments
Gradually increasing your exposure to noise is the best course to get comfortable with your hearing aids. Just as you should only start by wearing them for a couple of hours a day, you can also try only wearing them in quieter environments, such as your own home, at first. Over time, you can start wearing them outdoors, in public spaces like cafes and restaurants, and in more crowded areas like public transport of the workplace. As you get used to them, will be much easier to relax in louder spaces.
Read to yourself
One of the issues that hearing loss can cause is inappropriate vocal volume. You might have been told to speak more quietly in the past, and you will find that the volume of your own voice can be surprising when you put on hearing aids. Getting used to speaking with your hearing aids on is important, too. A good way to do that is to read aloud to yourself, so you can hear the volume of your own voice and adjust it appropriately.
Practice speaking with people you trust
When living with hearing loss, it’s likely that you may have had problems communicating effectively with people before. As with hearing and talking, it can take a little time to get used to communicating when your hearing is restored. Your brain needs time to relearn the associations between verbal and nonverbal communication. As such, practice speaking with your friends and family, both one-to-one and in groups. This can then help you be more comfortable in social situations outside of your own controlled environment.
Try not to adjust the settings of the hearing aids too much
When you find a hearing profile that works for you, you shouldn’t need to spend too much time adjusting the volume of your hearing aid. Most modern hearing aids adjust to the environment you’re in, and fussing around with it too much can interfere with your attempts to get used to it. Give it time, adjust to your new range of hearing, and if it doesn’t feel like it’s improving over a couple of weeks, then it might be time to readjust it, but with the help of a professional.
Check up with your audiologist
If you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for a couple of weeks and you don’t feel like you’re getting used to them, make an appointment with your audiologist. If there’s an issue with the programming or the fit, they will be able to help you diagnose it, fix it, and help you get the full benefits of the device. If you had your hearing aid fit by your audiologist, they will have arranged a checkup appointment to make sure that you’re acclimating with them fine regardless. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help or you have some questions about your hearing aids that they might be able to answer.
If you have hearing loss and you want to know more about how hearing aids can help with it, or you want to know more about how to use and take care of your hearing aids, an audiologist can be your most reliable partner. Learn more about the team at HEARINC and how we can help by calling 234-347-0155.