Where are you on your journey to better hearing?
Some of us have been treating hearing loss for years and have just upgraded to a new pair of hearing aids. Others are new to the experience of using hearing aids to address hearing loss.
Wherever you are on this journey, take a moment to congratulate yourself! Taking a hearing test and being fitted for hearing aids are both very important steps to improving not just your hearing health, but your overall health and well-being.
Whether you are a first-time wearer or are experienced with hearing aids, it does take time to adjust to a new pair. Here, we’ve compiled a few tips for adjusting to a new pair of hearing aids.
Advice for the First-Time Hearing Aid Wearer
First things first, first timers: be patient with yourself.
Take the past few years into consideration: on average, people wait seven years before seeking treatment for hearing loss. You may have noticed changes to your hearing a few years ago and have just gotten around to treating it with hearing aids.
It’s important to keep in mind that our brains are responsible for the bulk of our auditory processing. Because hearing loss is a gradual process, we may have gotten used, over time, to muddled sound signals and unclear speech. We’ve accommodated hearing with hearing loss.
That’s why it’ll take a bit of time to get used to hearing again. You may think that the sounds you’re hearing are too loud, but trust us – your hearing specialist has fitted your hearing aids for the proper levels of hearing. Give yourself time to get used to this level of “normal” hearing that you’ve missed out on for some time.
Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids
Don’t take your brand-new hearing aids out for a night on the town on the first day! Give yourself time to adjust to listening at these new levels by staying in quieter spaces – preferably at home. Work your way up to wearing your hearing aids out during the day and then eventually to more overwhelming noise spaces, such as restaurants and bars. Practicing with your hearing aids in quiet spaces gives you time to get used to the intricacies of your listening experience and learn more about the features and controls.
Establish a Routine
It’s important to establish a routine and wear your hearing aids every day. Hearing aids are sensitive electronic devices and do require care to function properly. When you go to bed at night, follow the instructions provided by your hearing specialist for your hearing aids. If you wear rechargeable hearing aids, make sure they are properly placed in their recharging stations. If you use hearing aids with traditional batteries, make sure they are stored in a clean, dry space.
Avoid storing your hearing aids in the washroom, where temperatures fluctuate with showers and moisture collects easily. Instead, find a safe place like a bedside table or dresser drawer to store your aids.
When you wake up in the morning, go through your morning bathroom routine before inserting your hearing aids, so as to avoid moisture. When you’re ready, insert your hearing aids and make sure they are functioning properly.
Wear Your Hearing Aids Every Day
This is another important part of establishing a consistent routine with your hearing aids. Don’t skip a day with your hearing aids. Remember that they are now your access to the world around you. The sooner you get used to listening with hearing aids, the better – and this takes practice. With untreated hearing loss, our brains get used to unclear sound signals. As we begin to hear more clearly with hearing aids, our brains have to play catch up to adjust to this new experience. As a result, we may get tired at first from the extra stimulus. Gradually ease yourself into more hours of listening throughout the day.
Wear your hearing aids around the house, wear them out to the market, and wear them when meeting up with friends. Get used to wearing them in different noise environments and get comfortable with making adjustments.
If your hearing aids offer a wireless connectivity feature with Bluetooth, learn how to link up your smartphone and stream phone calls directly to your ears. Hearing aids are built with many incredible features that enhance your listening experience; figure out the best ones for you.
Remember that Fitting is an On-Going Process
At Hearing Health Care Center, our team is here to support you through the fitting process. We understand that getting used to new hearing aids takes a lot of patience and practice. Our fitting process is done with accuracy and precision, based on the results of your hearing test. We are here to make adjustments and answer any questions you have in the journey to better hearing.