You’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. You got your new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the groove of your social life again. No more bad transitions or confused conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t sound quite right.
The reason for this is that it will normally take a bit of time before you get used to your new hearing aids. Often, this transition can be frustrating. You were so excited about enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s hard to be patient.
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 space where you’re thinking less about your hearing aids, and paying more attention to what you’re hearing.
Tips that help you start Slowly
No matter how technologically advanced they might be, it’s going to take your brain some time to get used to hearing certain sounds again. Use these tips to start slowly and purposely give your ears time to adapt.:
- Initially, try to focus on one-on-one conversations: You might be setting yourself up for disappointment if you wear your hearing aids in a crowded setting on the first day. It’s just that it’s difficult for your ear and brain to cope with focusing on all those different voices. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition smoother (and give you a bit of extra practice, as well).
- Wear your hearing aids only around the house at first: You’ll be less likely to experience noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This means you can focus on one voice at a time.
- Wear your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by wearing your hearing aids for only a few hours at a time. They may feel a little funny at first (this is normal), so it’s okay to start a little bit at a time. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can use them for longer periods of time.
Tips that help you get added practice in
Similar to any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are a few activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. Some of these are even enjoyable!
- Do some listening exercise: That’s right: sit in a quiet room and let your ears do the hearing. Start out by focusing on 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). Your brain will learn to make connections between sounds and words by using this read along strategy.
- Use closed-captions when you watch TV: It’s easy: Turn the TV on, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like when you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This can give you some practice hearing and adjusting to speech.
Tips to keep your hearing health up
Obviously, one of the purposes of hearing aids is to keep your hearing as healthy as possible. But, as you take some time to get used 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. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to watch your hearing, make sure the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. These follow up visits are very important.
- Be certain to note and let us know about any pain: Your hearing aids shouldn’t be painful. So if you’re noticing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to let us know as soon as possible.
Go slow and maximize your time as you get used to your hearing aids
Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the goal here. Everybody’s different but the slow and steady strategy usually works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
Sticking with these tips (and tips like them) can help ensure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep wearing them because they continue to improve your life.