You finally got those 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 elements of conversations or experiencing awkward transitions. But there’s a problem: everything sounds just a little off.
That’s because it’ll likely take you some time to adjust to a new set of hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. You were so looking forward to enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.
But there are a few tips you can practice to reduce this transition period. With a little practice, you can quickly get yourself to a place where you’re paying less attention to hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.
Tips that help you start Slowly
No matter how technologically advanced they may be, it’s going to take your brain a little while to get used to hearing certain sounds again. Use these tips to proceed slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adjust.:
- Start by using 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 considerably less noise pollution. This means you can focus on one voice at a time.
- Use your hearing aids for a short period of time: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first get started. Your hearing aids will probably feel a little strange in your ears for a while so starting slowly is fine. As your hearing aids get more comfortable, you can wear them for longer durations.
- Focus on one-on-one conversations first: You might be setting yourself up for disappointment if you wear your hearing aids in a noisy setting right out of the box. When the brain has to focus on all those voices, it can become overwhelmed at first. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a bit of extra practice, too).
Tips that help you get added practice in
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you with hearing aid practice. You might even have some fun!
- Use closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: put in your hearing aids, flip on the TV, and watch your favorite program. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the actors speak, 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.
- Do some listening exercise: That’s right: sit in a quiet room and let your ears do the hearing. You can practice by focusing on trying to hear the fridge running or the cat meowing in the other room or the birds chirping outside.
- Read along with the printed version while you listen to the audiobook.: This is a really similar exercise (and allows you to have some fun reading while you’re at it). Reading and listening to an audiobook together will help your brain make connections between sounds and words.
Improve your hearing health with these tips
Keeping your ears as healthy as possible, after all, is one of the principal purposes of hearing aids. And there are some tips you can do to keep your ears happy as you get used to using your new hearing aid:
- If you’re experiencing any pain, make sure you document it and tell us about it.: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So it’s important to let us know about any problems with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing exams anymore after you get your hearing aids. This would be a bad idea. We can continue to watch your hearing, make sure the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. It’s essential to continue with these follow up visits.
Go slow and maximize your time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids
Your goal here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids full time. A slow and steadfast strategy works quite often, but everybody’s different. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can help 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 enrich your life.