Congrats to you if you are getting hearing aids for the first time! Many people procrastinate on seeking treatment for hearing loss for an average of seven years. Taking care of your hearing loss is a big step in bettering your overall health and happiness.
If you’ve ever bought and worn a pair of real leather boots, you’ll know that they won’t fit perfectly right out of the box. When you initially put your new hearing aids on, it will take some time for your brain to acclimate to the clarity it hasn’t had in a long time. Likewise, the process of wearing a new pair of hearing aids to meet your individual hearing needs takes some time and patience.
Here are some suggestions to assist you in adjusting to your new hearing aids.
Know that the fitting process continues after you leave the hearing clinic
Keep in mind that fitting hearing aids are a continuous procedure. We will work with you to ensure your hearing aids are functioning correctly and are a comfortable fit.
As you test your hearing aids into real-life circumstances, it’s critical that you communicate your needs in terms of physical fit and function. In the real world, sounds will appear differently than they do in our offices. We’ll make modifications to ensure that your hearing aids are comfortable and practical for your needs.
Keep in mind that it will take some time for your brain to adjust to hearing again. Hearing loss causes your brain to receive sound signals less clearly than if you had normal hearing. Your brain becomes accustomed to these jumbled sound impulses over time.
Hearing aids enhance sound and send it to your ears in a much clearer manner than you may be accustomed to. At a “higher” volume, you may begin to hear a more substantial number of sounds. When we fit you for hearing aids, we make sure that the sound levels are correct. While the “louder” sounds may seem unusual at first, try not to turn them down and be patient as you acclimatize to this new environment.
Practice your hearing in a conversational setting
Invite a few pals around for coffee or tea once you’ve become used to your hearing aids. Practice listening to and following discussions. You’ll notice that your hearing aids help a lot with speech recognition. Make a couple of phone calls with your hearing aids as well! This will help you reconnect with your loved ones over time.
Use captions when watching TV
Watching a TV (or movie) with captions helps your brain identify and interpret speech sounds, which is a terrific reason to binge-watch your favorite TV series. You’ll also notice that you don’t need to turn up the volume as much as you used to with your new hearing aids! Turn on the closed captioning on TV and movies and read along with your hearing aids.
Hearing your voice for the first time with your new hearing aids may be a bizarre sensation. But by reading to yourself with your hearing aids, you can become used to hearing your voice. This will also assist you in being more at ease with the way your voice sounds, which you may have overlooked due to untreated hearing loss.
Use your hearing aids in different environments
Test your hearing aids in louder places once you’ve grown accustomed to them at home and in calmer settings. It’s critical to test them in various settings, including driving and on a trip around the block, the grocery store, and the mall. This is an excellent time for you to learn about the various aspects of your hearing aids and how they adjust in different situations.
Wear them every day
Hearing aids are intended to be worn daily. They will become necessary in practically every location and scenario in your life once you’ve gotten used to hearing with them. They help you reconnect with the people and places in your life, ensuring your overall health and well-being.
Please get in touch with our friendly team if you have any questions or concerns about your new hearing aids or the adjustment period!