Have you recently purchased or been dispensed hearing aids for the first time? If so, it may take some time to adjust to your first pair. During the first few weeks, you may experience things that will lead you to believe your hearing aids are faulty. However, once you’ve become acquainted with all of the settings, technology and are fully comfortable with wearing them, hearing will be a breeze.
Common experiences during the hearing aid adjustment period include:
- Everything sounding and seeming too loud
- Your own voice sounding different than usual
- Inability to understand other people’s voices
- Hearing loud noise when using the device outside
- The feeling of your ears being plugged up
Using the tips below will help you during the adjustment period and allow you get the most out of every listening experience.
- Take it easy at first and start slowly. Although, your new hearing aids will improve your hearing ability, it doesn’t happen immediately. Your hearing aid system is stimulating nerves that may not have been stimulated in a long while; it takes time for your brain to adjust and organize the new sounds you’re hearing. Try wearing your hearing aids for only an hour or two at first to ease into them and to make sure it is properly programmed for your exact needs. Remember, adjustments to your hearing aids can always be made during follow-up appointments if something doesn’t feel or sound quite right.
- Be prepared when going out. For instance, if you’re going to a movie theater, call in advance to check whether they provide hearing loop systems or other assistive devices that can be connected to your hearing aids. If you are dining out, ask for a table in a quiet area away from the entrance and the kitchen, where waiters will be going back and forth. Also try to sit with your back to the noise. If you’re attending a seminar or a conference, try to arrive early and get a seat at the front, and don’t hesitate to ask the presenter to use a microphone.
- Take good care of your hearing aids. To keep them in good condition, you should clean them about once a day. Also, do not expose your hearing devices to extreme humidity, heat or harmful chemicals. Make sure to your hearing care professional about the specific wax protection system in your hearing aids and how it can be replaced.
- Make notes or keep a log of when you hear unusual noises or cannot hear properly. It’s important to remember that your hearing quality is heavily influenced by how well the hearing aids are programmed. Therefore, if you hear something out of the ordinary or are having trouble hearing anything at all, you should write down what you hear as well as when and where it’s happening. Try to describe the sounds as accurately as possible. For instance, if they were similar to a buzzing sound, a ticking sound or something to that regards. Afterwards, speak with your hearing care professional and discuss with him the issues you’ve been having. If necessary, your hearing care professional will then be able to further fine-tune your hearing aids, so that you enjoy great quality hearing in the future.
- Be patient with yourself and those around you as you begin to wear your hearing aids everyday. Similar to wearing glasses or contacts it will take a little time to adjust to wearing your new hearing aids. Soon wearing your new hearing aids will become an unnoticeable part of your daily routine.
If you’re still getting accustomed to your new hearing aid device and have questions, contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc and schedule an appointment at one of our offices near you to speak with one of our experienced hearing care professionals.