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As a basic rule, most people don’t like change. Taking this into consideration, there can be a double edged sword regarding hearing aids: your life will undergo a tremendous change but they also will bring exciting new opportunities. If your someone who enjoys a very rigid routine, the change can be overwhelming. New hearing aids can introduce some distinct difficulties. But knowing how to adapt to these devices can help make sure your new hearing aids will be a change you will welcome.

Here Are Some Quick Ways to Adapt to Your New Hearing Aids

Whether it’s your first pair of hearing aids (congrats!) or an upgrade to a more robust pair, any new hearing aid is going to be a considerable improvement to the way you hear. Dependant on your personal circumstances, that could be quite an adjustment. But your transition might be a bit easier if you follow these tips.

Begin Wearing Your Hearing Aids in Smaller Doses

As a general rule, the more you wear your hearing aids, the healthier your ears will stay. But it can be a little uncomfortable when you’re breaking them in if you use them for 18 hours a day. You might begin by trying to wear your hearing aids for 8 hours intervals, and then slowly build up your endurance.

Practice Listening to Conversations

When your brain first begins to hear sound again it will most likely need an adjustment period. You may have a tough time making out speech with clarity or following conversations during this adjustment period. But practicing using listening or reading drills (such as reading along to an audiobook) can help the language-hearing-and-interpreting part of your brain reassert itself.

Get a Fitting For Your Hearing Aids

One of the first things you’ll do – even before you get your final hearing aids – is go through a fitting process. Enhancing comfort, taking account of the size and shape of your ear canal, and adjusting for your personal hearing loss are all things that a fitting can help with. Several adjustments may be needed. It’s crucial to be serious about these fittings – and to see us for follow-up appointments. Your device will sound more natural and will sit more comfortably if they fit properly. We can also assist you in making adjustments to various hearing conditions.

Troubleshoot

Sometimes adapting to a new hearing aid is somewhat difficult because something’s not functioning properly. If there’s too much feedback that can be uncomfortable. It can also be frustrating when the hearing aid keeps cutting out. It can be overwhelming to adjust to hearing aids because of these types of issues, so it’s a good idea to find solutions as soon as you can. Try these guidelines:

  • Consult your hearing specialist to be sure that the hearing aids are properly calibrated to your hearing loss.
  • If you hear a lot of feedback, make sure that your hearing aids are correctly seated in your ears (it could be that your fit is just a bit off) and that there aren’t any blockages (earwax for instance).
  • talk about any ringing or buzzing with your hearing expert. Occasionally, your cell phone will cause interference with your hearing aid. In other cases, it may be that we need to make some adjustments.
  • Charge your hearing aids every evening or exchange the batteries. When the batteries on your hearing aids begin to decrease, they often do not perform as efficiently as they’re intended to.

The Advantages of Adapting to Your New Hearing Aids

Just as it would with a new pair of glasses, it may possibly take you a little bit of time to adapt to your new hearing aids. We hope you will have an easier and faster transition with these guidelines. But you will be pleased by how simple it will become if you stick with it and get into a routine. But before long you will be able to put your attention on what your listening to: like the day-to-day discussion you’ve been missing or your favorite tunes. These sounds will remind you that all those adjustments are worth it ultimately. And sometimes change is not a bad thing.

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