If you’re new to hearing aids, they will take some getting used to. Many people incorrectly believe that hearing aids function like corrective lenses, but hearing issues are very different from vision issues.
Hearing loss affects the complex mechanisms our brain uses to perceive sound. The longer the time hearing loss is left untreated, the more our brain patterns shift away from our “normal” way of hearing. Instead, to help it piece together the missing sounds it hears, the mind develops new pathways.
The brain may have already overwritten some of its initial pathways when you finally begin using hearing aids. You have to retrain your mind to understand sounds you haven’t heard in a long time.
If you have just recently acquired a pair of hearing aids, here are some tips to help you adjust to them more smoothly.
Be Patient with the Fitting Process
Bear in mind that fitting is an ongoing process for your new pair of hearing aids. Fitting applies to more than just the tactile feeling of your ears’ hearing aids, although this is also an imperative factor. More importantly, your hearing specialist may want to ensure sure the hearing aids are programmed for your exact hearing loss.
Take note of periods of physical distress and your access to sound in the first few weeks of using your new hearing aids. Don’t be afraid to visit your hearing specialist if you are unhappy with the sound.
Start Small, Start Slow
While you may be tempted to wear your hearing aids straight out of the audiologist’s office and into the world, taking things slowly may be a safer way to get used to hearing aids in increasingly complex listening environments.
Start by wearing the devices at home. You might also want to have support from a friend, family member, or loved one to insert the devices for the first time, and it might even take practice to fit them correctly into the ears. Go ahead and walk around your home.
Following this, you might like to start by doing some simple tasks or activities in your own home. You might be shocked at the sounds which seem to leap out at you. At first, the buzz and whirring of engines, heaters, appliances, and air conditioning units could come as a surprise. Before taking the next step, get used to your immediate surroundings first.
Commit To The Daily Use Of Your Hearing Aids
It’s safe to take breaks from wearing and using your hearing aid; just make sure you stick to using them for a period every day. Because it still takes some time to adapt to hearing aids, wearing one inconsistently prolongs the process and fails to maximize the hearing aid’s full benefits. The more you use your hearing aid regularly, the more normalized your hearing experience gradually becomes.
Practice Makes Perfect
With your new pair of hearing aids, there are many excellent ways to practice using them. Do you have a show that you’ve been waiting to watch for a while? For a challenge, try watching it without using captions and with the volume turned down lower than before. Use this chance to see how much you can understand using only your hearing aids.
New hearing aid users frequently record the strange sensation of hearing their own voice booming back at them. Reading a book to yourself or having a one-on-one talk with a friend gives yourself the chance to get better acquainted with the sound of your own voice.
Once you’re more confident, it’s always a good idea to practice with friends. Maybe you can invite a few friends over for a coffee. Take this opportunity to better leverage the various features that your hearing aids provide to interpret speech sounds in different environments.
After a few weeks of regular use, you might be ready to take them outside. Go for a stroll around the block and listen to your neighborhood’s sounds. Choose a destination, such as a library, coffee shop, post office, or grocery store, and practice using your hearing aids when engaging with staff members.
We’re Here to Help
It may take some time to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids, but the benefits to your overall health and well-being are undeniable! We understand it takes a little time to get used to your new devices, but the benefits are well worth the effort. We are here to assist you at every step of the way, from selecting the best device for your needs to helping you adapt to your new devices. For a consultation, contact us today.