If you’ve made the decision to become fitted with a new pair of hearing aids, then Congratulations! You are past one of the biggest hurtles of hearing loss! When you first start wearing your hearing aids, there is inevitably a bit of an adjustment period. The first few days with your new devices are essential to your success with your hearing aids. Often people become frustrated with their new devices and choose to set them aside, and sabotage their chances of hearing better. Below is some advice on how to make your adjustment go as smoothly as possible so that you can keep enjoying your new hearing aids for years to come.
Take Time to Get Used to Them
It is all right to only wear your new devices in comfortable environments for the first couple of days. Professionals recommend that you slowly build up to wearing them during all your waking hours. You may be very conscious of the new devices in your ears, but this will become less noticeable after a few days. On the first day, sit in a quiet room in your house and start getting used to your new ability to hear faint sounds, like the ticking of a clock or birds chirping outside. These might seem unnaturally loud at first because your brain isn’t used to hearing them. Your brain will quickly adjust over the next few days. We urge you at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center to write things down what sounds are bothersome to you. Before you return to your next follow-up visit, glance at your list and you may notice that some of those sounds are no longer causing a problem.
Don’t Pump Up the Volume
It is most likely that your hearing aids adjust to different listening situations automatically, so they shouldn’t need to be manually adjusted. Some might even have different settings for different listening environments, including a crowd setting and setting for enjoying music. If you do turn them up, don’t try to make your devices perform superhuman tasks, like hearing faint sounds from very far away. Hearing Aids are not designed that way, and you can damage your hearing more by doing such behavior.
Test out your new hearing aids and start having conversations with your close friends and family. Familiar voices are the easiest to identify which makes this task easier. Remember that hearing still requires active listening, which means make sure you face the speaker and look right at them while they’re talking. This will help your brain reconnect sounds to vocal patterns, and nonverbal body language. Similarly try watching your favorite television show with captions or subtitles. Listening to and reading words at the same time is a great way to help retrain your brain to connect sounds and language. If you prefer reading, listen to a book’s audio recording while you read your printed copy and if you don’t have any audio books, you can also have someone read to you out loud while you follow along on your own.
Getting Used to Lost Sound
The sound of your own voice might be shocking to you at first, but this will not seem so strange after a few days. When you read to yourself out loud, this helps you get used to your voice and can help you to ensure you are speaking at an appropriate volume. Another exercise to help you get used to hearing again is to close your eyes and try to identify the direction from which sounds are coming from. This will help you get better at locating the source of sound.
Wear Your Hearing Aids all Day Long!
After about two weeks, you should be wearing your hearing aids during all your waking hours. Wearing your hearing aids consistently is important for your brain’s adjustment and will ensure that your devices help your hearing to their highest potential. Hearing aids have been proven to improve the quality of so many lives. Now that you’re experiencing the benefits, urge someone you love that could benefit from hearing aids to visit us at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center to set up an appointment to get their hearing checked!