You finally obtained your new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the swing of your social life again. No more bad transitions or unclear conversations. But there’s an issue: everything sounds a little bit off.
The reason for this is that it will often take some time before you get used to your new hearing aids. This can be an annoying transition. After all, there was so much you were excited to do, and that adjustment period just feels so slow.
But there are several tips you can use 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.
Start slowly with these tips
Your brain will take a little time to get accustomed to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Here are a few ways you can purposely give yourself time to adjust and start things off slowly:
- Use 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 better degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you concentrate on individual voices.
- Focus on one-on-one conversations first: If you use your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day you get them, you may be discouraged, not because the devices are doing anything wrong. When the brain has to pay attention to all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. Sticking to one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a little extra practice, as well).
- Wear your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by using your hearing aids for only a few hours at a time. Your hearing aids will most likely feel a little weird in your ears for a while so starting slowly is okay. As your hearing aids get more comfortable, you can wear them for longer periods of time.
Get additional practice with these tips
There are some things you can do, as with any skill, that can help you practice hearing. You could even have a little fun!
- Watch TV with the closed-captions enabled: It’s easy: put in your hearing aids, flip on the television, and watch your favorite program. Your brain will start to remember what certain words sound like as you read along with the voices you’re hearing. This sort of practice will help you get used to understanding speech again.
- Do some listening practice: That’s right: Go someplace a little quiet and take in the sounds around you. Begin 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 similar exercise can also be really enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make links between sounds and words.
Improve your hearing health with these tips
Of course, 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 a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to think that once you’ve got the right hearing aids, you won’t need to have anymore hearing exams. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to track your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. It’s essential to continue with these follow up visits.
- If you’re experiencing any pain, make sure you take note of it and tell us about it.: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So if you’re noticing any pain or something’s not fitting right, it’s important to report it as soon as you can.
Be patient, and work up to full-time hearing aids
Working your way up to using your hearing aids full time is the goal here. Everyone’s different but the slow and steady approach usually works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
These tips will help you have a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.