Many people who are experiencing hearing difficulties expect to be fitted with a hearing aid and immediately enjoy crystal clear hearing and maximum comfort right from the get-go. Unfortunately, this idealistic expectation is rarely spot-on. For the vast majority of individuals who invest in hearing aids, there will be a period of adjustment necessary in order to get used to them and how they work. This is true for both bilateral hearing aids and binaural hearing aids.
Below are a few tips on how to effectively adjust to your new hearing aids faster and without stress.
Don’t Be Discouraged
If you have ever needed to wear glasses before, you will be aware of how strange and heavy they felt on your nose at first. Similarly, hearing aids are likely to feel quite strange in or behind your ears initially. The good news is that just like you got used to wearing your glasses, you will get used to wearing your hearing aids, too. You probably will not even notice them after a few days!
During the adjustment period, you may want to only wear them for a few hours each day. This will allow you time to properly adjust without feeling frustrated, stressed or uncomfortable. Gradually increase the length of time that you wear them so that, eventually, you are wearing them comfortably and without issue throughout the day.
Avoid Going Out
If at all possible, try to remain at home for a few days after receiving your new hearing aids. Spend as much time as you can to sit alone in a quiet room, and simply take note of the faint noises surrounding you. Being out and about in a crowded area with loud sounds coming from every direction can prove overwhelming.
Try Not to Fiddle with the Volume
Most hearing aids are designed to adjust their volume automatically depending on different ‘listening situations’, such as watching television or having a conversation. By adjusting the volume manually, you can mess with the specific settings that have been tailored to your ears and, if you turn up the volume too much, you might damage your natural hearing even more.
Read Along While You Listen
Read a book with the audio book playing in the background, and watch television with subtitles whenever possible. This can help your brain to ‘re-learn’ how to associate words, sounds, and speech.
It is absolutely normal for your hearing to feel ‘off-kilter’ when you first wear your new hearing aids. You might even feel as though everything is now too loud. This is simply because you are no longer used to hearing these sounds at their normal volume. It will get better as long as you accept that these things take time.
For some people, it helps to keep a ‘hearing journal’ in which you detail the sounds that are bothersome to you. Review the first few days in your journal when you are due to return to the hearing center for a check-up. You will probably be surprised to discover that most of those bothersome sounds are no longer a problem for you! The ones that still are, you will then be able to report to the experts in order to achieve a better balance going forward.
Are you ready to take a step towards improving your hearing and your quality of life? If so, it is time to make an appointment for a free hearing assessment at the Beltone Hearing Center, Chenault House of Hearing in Texas. Contact us today for more information.