You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You received 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 confused conversations. But there’s a problem: everything sounds a little bit off.
That’s because it’ll most likely take you a while to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids. This can be a frustrating 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 minimize this transition period. Before long, with a little practice, you will be paying attention to what you’re hearing rather than your hearing aids.
Start slowly with these tips
Your brain will take a little while to get accustomed to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to proceed slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adapt.:
- Wear your hearing aids for a short period of time: When you’re just beginning, you can practice by wearing your hearing aids for just a few hours at a time. They may feel a little uncomfortable at first (this is normal), so it’s okay to start a little bit at a time. You can begin to use your hearing aids for longer periods as you get used to them.
- Begin by wearing 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 significantly less noise pollution. This means you can concentrate on one voice at a time.
- First, try to pay attention to one-on-one conversations: You might be setting yourself up for disappointment if you wear your hearing aids in a noisy environment on the first day. When the brain has to pay attention to all those voices, it can get overwhelmed at first. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition smoother (and give you a bit of extra practice, too).
Tips that help you get extra practice in
There are some activities, as with any skill, that can help you practice hearing. You could even have a little fun!
- 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). Reading and listening to an audiobook concurrently will help your brain make connections between words and sound.
- Just practice hearing: That’s right: Go someplace a little quiet and experience the sounds around you. Begin by focusing on the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds chirping or nearby running water.
- Watch TV with the closed-captions on: 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 sort of practice will help you get used to hearing speech again.
Tips to keep your hearing health strong
Keeping your ears as healthy as possible, after all, is one of the primary purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get accustomed to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:
- Be certain to note and let us know about any pain: Because it shouldn’t be painful to wear hearing aids. So it’s important to report any problems with fit or any pain right away.
- Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing evaluations anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to watch your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. These follow up appointments are very important.
Go slow and increase your time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids
Your objective here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids all of the time. Everyone’s unique but the slow and steady strategy often works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can assist you with.
Following these tips (and tips like them) can help make sure that you enjoy having your hearing aids and that you keep using them because they continue to enrich your life.