Tips for Getting Used to Hearing Aids
The difference that a hearing aid can make in your life is profound. It can immediately start to improve your hearing, but those improvements can be surprising, even a little uncomfortable at first. If you’ve worked with your hearing instrument specialist in selecting the right ones for your needs, there should be no major issues, but getting used to them can take a little time. You may be hearing noises that you haven’t heard in a long time, have difficulty focusing at first, or may even find it emotionally overwhelming.
This is normal. You have to get used to your hearing aids. Here, we’re going to look at some tips on how to do just that. Follow these points below, and you should soon be able to enjoy all the benefits of your hearing aids with no problem.
Anticipate some unfamiliarity
It is going to feel a little odd to wear something in your ear, at first. So long as it’s not painful to wear or particularly uncomfortable or like it’s a bad fit, then this isn’t too much to worry about. Take some time to adjust to the physical sensation of wearing the device. Even if you’ve worn one before, a new model is going to feel nearly as awkward at first.
Get used to operating the device
If your hearing instrument specialist first helped you select your hearing aid, then they should have told you how to insert it, remove it, clean it, adjust it, change the batteries, and more during the initial fitting. You may also have an instruction guide to help remind you. However, if you have trouble operating it at all, don’t hesitate to call the hearing instrument specialist for a reminder or more instructions.
Wear it for shorter periods of time at the beginning
The eventual aim is to be able to wear your hearing aids throughout the day, but that’s not where you should start. It takes time to adjust to them, as both body and mind have to acclimate. In the beginning, you should wear your hearing aids for only a couple of hours each day. As the days go on, slowly increase the amount of time that you keep them in for. Eventually, you will be wearing them all day, besides when you sleep or wash. If you’re not sure how long you should wear them each day, your hearing instrument specialist should be able to help you put together a schedule that lays it all out clearly for you.
Start with quieter environments
Just as you should slowly increase the amount of time you wear them for, you should also increase the levels of noise you expose your hearing aids to. Don’t start with loud environments that are more likely to be overwhelming. Start in quieter settings, like the privacy of your home. If your lifestyle often sees you in places that are noisier, gradually expose yourself to them for longer periods of time. If you do take your time and you still feel like your hearing aids don’t help you properly hear in them, it may be time to talk to your hearing instrument specialist to have them reconfigured.
Keep an ear out for problems
While a little awkwardness and being overwhelmed are both everyday experiences, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore every discomfort that comes with a new hearing aid. Feedback, a high-pitched whistling noise, may be caused by wax, dirt or debris that Is blocking parts of the device or improper insertions. However, it can also be caused by faults that result in the microphone and speaker being too loud. In that case, your hearing instrument specialist should be able to fix it with little issue.
Attend your follow-up appointments
The fitting itself is a gradual process. It’s not uncommon that the hearing aid won’t be perfectly suited to the way you want to use it immediately. This is why your hearing instrument specialist will arrange a follow-up appointment. This is the time to correct small problems and to make sure that you’re getting used to it okay. Of course, if there are any major problems before that appointment, like feedback or pain, get in touch with them as soon as possible to fix it — no need to wait.
Make sure you’re taking the right approach with your hearing aid
Getting used to a hearing aid alone is much harder than having a hearing instrument specialist on your side. Learn more about how we can help you or arrange an appointment with Hearing Specialists. You can call us at the following numbers:
- Burlington: 336-226-4202
- Asheville: 828-298-9174
- Kernersville: 336-993-6887
- Hendersonville: 828-696-4862
- Winston-Salem: 336-377-3715