Getting used to your new hearing aid is a process and can take some time. You don’t just use your ears to hear; your brain also plays an important role in your hearing ability. As a new hearing aid user, your ears, brain, and even you personally need time to adjust to the new sounds. Remember, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your hearing care professional when necessary.
It does take some time to get used to hearing again. After a while, your hearing will improve, and you will eventually forget your even wearing new hearing aids. Once you have purchased your new hearing aid or hearing aids you are probably excited but also curious as to how noises will sound now. First it is important to make sure that your hearing aids have been properly fitted to ensure your comfortable. Know that if you have both a hearing aid in the right and left ear that they may each fit differently because your ears are not the same shape but this is normal.
Enjoy the experience of learning to hear again. Do not focus on what you can’t hear. But instead focus on what things you can now hear that you have not been able to hear. The best advice is to start slowly and have a plan, when trying to adjust to new hearing aids. Different people adjust differently to new hearing aids. However, for the most part the easiest way is to do it gradually. Start with a limited amount of time in a quiet environment and work your way from there, increasing use little by little in louder and noisier environments.
Tips for New Hearing Aid Users:
- Learn as much as possible: Educating yourself about your condition and treatment options is a big step in learning to overcome hearing loss. If you understand what is happening in your ears (and in your brain), you can participate fully in your own treatment. This means you will be more open to adjusting to life with hearing aids.
- Be realistic: Remember that hearing aids are new devices in your ears, and getting used to them will take some time. And although your hearing aids will definitely help you hear better, you still may not hear perfectly. Be realistic about what hearing aids will do for you. Put in the time and commitment to get used to your new hearing aids so that they work the best they can for you.
- Be patient: The most important thing about getting used to new hearing aids is to be committed to them. Practice wearing them every day, and be patient with them and with yourself. Your brain is learning something new and it takes time. But with practice, patience and commitment, you’ll soon be hearing everything around you without giving it a second thought.
- Turn It Up (or Down): Your hearing aid should already come programmed at a volume deemed appropriate, so you shouldn’t have to make many adjustments, though you are of course free to try and get the volume level that’s just right for you. Make sure you don’t turn them up too loud; you’ll risk further damage!
- Be more social: Once you are in possession of a hearing aid, you should allow yourself to take part in more social activities. It’s worth getting used to how your hearing aid works beforehand, and to remember that you might not be completely at ease the first few times you try this. But keep at it – you’ll soon be comfortable doing so, and you’ll quickly regain confidence.
- Use the phone: We believe it is still important that you get used to talking on the phone with your hearing aid. It is likely that you’ll be using a digital model, so you don’t have to worry about any annoying feedback. Also, your hearing aid may come with a specific setting for use with a telephone, so experiment and see what it’s like. Wireless accessories are also available allowing you to seamlessly connect to your phone.
- Know your expectations: A quality hearing device might not fix all of your hearing problems right away; it may take some time and effort. It probably took many years for the hearing damage you suffered to accumulate into a noticeable hearing loss; likewise, it’s probably going to take some time to renew your hearing. And while you may never hear just as well as you did before your hearing was damaged, over time your technology is very likely to improve your overall quality of life by leaps and bounds.
Don’t forget, when adjusting to new hearing aids remember to ask for help. Your hearing specialist is there for you to ask question. If you are having problems with your settings, inserting or removing your new hearing aids, or if you have any other questions, contact us today to speak with one of our experienced hearing care professionals.