You’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. You got your new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the swing of your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing parts of conversations or going through awkward transitions. But your hearing aids just don’t sound quite right.
The reason for this is that it will often take a bit of time before you adjust to your new hearing aids. This can be a frustrating transition. You were so looking forward to enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.
Luckily, there are a few tips that can help speed up the transition process. Pretty soon, with a bit of practice, you will be paying attention to what you’re hearing instead of your hearing aids.
Start slowly with these tips
No matter how technologically sophisticated they might be, it’s going to take your brain some time to adjust to hearing certain sounds again. Here are a few ways you can intentionally give yourself time to adjust and start things off slowly:
- Begin by wearing your hearing aids at home only: When you’re at home, you have a lot more control over what you’re hearing, and you’ll probably experience substantially less noise pollution. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
- First, try to focus on one-on-one conversations: If you wear your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you could be disappointed, not because the hearing aids aren’t working. When the brain has to pay attention to all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. By beginning with one-on-one conversations you will make the transition easier and also get a bit of extra practice.
- Only use your hearing aids for short periods of time to begin with: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first get started. Your hearing aids will most likely feel a little weird in your ears for a while so starting gradually is fine. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can wear them for longer durations.
Tips that help you get added practice in
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you practice hearing. Some of these are even enjoyable!
- Read along with the printed book while you listen to the audiobook.: This comparable exercise can also be quite enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make links between words and sound.
- Just practice hearing: That’s right: Go somewhere a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. Begin by tuning in to the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds singing or nearby running water.
- Turn on closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, turn on the television, and watch your favorite show. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the characters talk, and your brain will begin to remember what all these words sound like. This can give you some practice hearing and getting used to speech.
Improve your hearing health with these tips
Obviously, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your hearing as healthy as possible. But, as you take some time to get accustomed to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Keep visiting us: You may not think you need to get hearing assessments anymore after you get your hearing aids. This would be the worst idea. We can help adjust your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to check in on your hearing. These follow up appointments are very important.
- Be certain to take note of and let us know about any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So if you’re noticing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible.
Go slow and maximize your time as you get used to your hearing aids
Your goal here will be to work your way up to wearing your hearing aids all of the time. A slow and steadfast strategy is often effective, but everyone’s different. You’ll want to get individualized guidance from us on the best way for you to get accustomed to your new hearing aid.
Following these tips (and tips like them) can help ensure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep wearing them because they continue to enhance your life.