Did you just get fitted for your first hearing aid? Is your hearing aid uncomfortable? Does your own voice sound too loud? Do you hear a whistle? Are you having trouble distinguishing voices from background noise? Don’t worry, these are common problems for someone with hearing loss who is getting adjusted to wearing hearing aids.
Whether you’re a new hearing aid user or have worn hearing aids before, advancements and changes in technology mean your new hearing system will take some time used to. You will need patience, practice and realistic goals to get the most out of your new hearing aid.
Here are a few tips and ideas that will help you get adjusted to your new hearing aid(s):
- Learn about your hearing aid device. Even if this is not your first pair of hearing aids, you may notice some differences in technology. Many hearing aids these days offer an array of features, programmable modes, advanced microphones that cut out sound, as well as wireless options that allow you to connect your hearing device to your mobile phone or other audio sources (like a TV, computer, or stereo). Learning how to take advantage of these hearing aid features will improve your listening experience.
- Adjust to your own voice. At first, you may not recognize the sound of your own voice. This is because you are now hearing yourself more clearly with the help of your hearing aids. Hearing yourself better means you’ll have the opportunity to adjust the volume of your voice and the way you pronounce words more easily. It’s good practice to read aloud to yourself when you’re getting used to hearing aids.
- Choose or ask for seats that offer the best acoustics, which typically means near the center of the room or in front of whatever the primary sound source is. Your hearing devices are powerful enough to catch most details, but until you get used to how your new hearing aid(s) captures sound, good seating makes this adjustment period easier.
- Learn to hear again in difficult situations. Even people without hearing loss find it difficult to follow discussions sometimes, especially if several people are talking at once. In these types of situations, you should still try to be an active participant in the discussion; just move closer to the person you would like to hear and focus on him or her. If you have multi-programmable hearing aids, practice choosing the best program for the situation. As you gain experience with your hearing aid you will be able to master these situations with more ease and confidence.
- Hearing aid maintenance is very important. Follow any manufacturer’s instructions and advice from your audiologist to the letter. It’s also important to keep earwax buildup under control, and keep your hearing aids away from moisture.
- Don’t hesitate to contact your local “Ear Experts” if you are still having issues with your new hearing device(s). Common hearing aid problems such as hearing unwanted feedback or whistling noises can usually be corrected with a quick visit to your hearing care provider.
Getting used to your hearing aids may not be easy at first, but it will all be worth it. Contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc. if you have any questions about your new hearing aid device and how to properly use it. Our experienced audiologists can work with you and help you get through the process of adjusting to your hearing aids.