You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You received your new hearing aids. You’re so excited to be able to dive into your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing parts of conversations or going through awkward transitions. But there’s a problem: everything sounds just a little off.
That’s because it’ll most likely take you a while to adjust to a new set of hearing aids. Often, this transition can be annoying. You were so excited about enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.
Fortunately, there are some tips that can help quicken the transition process. Before long, with a little practice, you will be paying attention to what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.
Tips that help you start Slowly
Your brain will take a little time to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to start slowly and purposely give your ears time to adjust.:
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house initially: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a better amount of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
- Only use your hearing aids for short amounts of time to begin with: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first start out. They might feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s good to start a little bit at a time. You can begin to use your hearing aids for longer durations as you get used to them.
- First, try to focus on one-on-one conversations: You may be setting yourself up for frustration if you use your hearing aids in a noisy environment right out of the box. It’s just that it’s difficult for your ear and brain to deal with focusing on all those different voices. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a little extra practice, as well).
Tips that help you get added practice in
As with any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are certain activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. You could even have a little fun!
- Watch TV with the closed-captions enabled: It’s easy: Turn on the TV, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. Your brain will begin remembering what certain words sound like when you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This sort of practice will help you get used to understanding speech again.
- Just practice hearing: That’s right: Go someplace 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.
- Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This is a very similar exercise (and allows you to get in some fun reading while you’re at it). Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make links between words and sound.
Strengthen your hearing health with these tips
Keeping your ears as healthy as you can, after all, is one of the main purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get accustomed to your new hearing aids, there are some things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Keep visiting us: You might 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 keep an eye on your hearing. It’s essential to continue with these follow up visits.
- Be sure to note and let us know about any pain: Because it shouldn’t hurt to wear hearing aids. So if you’re experiencing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to report it 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. Everyone’s different but the slow and steady approach usually works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
Implementing these tips (and tips like them) can help ensure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep using them because they continue to improve your life.