Tips for Getting Used to New Hearing Aids
Many people don’t realize that it can take time to get used to wearing hearing aids. Get some advice from our audiology team to make the process easier.
When you try your hearing aids for the first time, you’ll probably be surprised with how much they immediately improve your hearing. However, it can take time for you to get used to wearing hearing aids regularly. Keep reading to get some simple tips on how to “break in” your hearing aids and learn some useful features and advice.
TIP 1: IT CAN TAKE TIME TO ADJUST
One of the first things you’ll notice when you wear your hearing aids is just how loud everything seems. This can make the first few days exciting – but it can also be exhausting, especially if you’ve had poor hearing for a long time.
When your hearing starts to decline, your brain gets used to compensating for the sounds you have trouble hearing. But when you wear hearing aids, that balance gets thrown off, and suddenly your brain doesn’t know how to compensate for loud volumes or filter out unnecessary noise.
It can take a few days, or even a few weeks, for your brain to fully adjust to your hearing aids. In the meantime, you may find noises like the air conditioner or clothes dryer loud and distracting, and you might have trouble adjusting to sudden volume changes or the sound of your voice. And remember, if you really think your hearing aids are making sounds too loud, you can always ask for an adjustment!
TIP 2: THE MORE YOU WEAR YOUR HEARING AIDS, THE BETTER
When you feel like you’re having trouble getting used to your hearing aids, you might want to take them out and go back to your previous, more comfortable hearing. Unfortunately, this is one of the worst things you can do with regards to your hearing aids. It’s best to wear them as much as possible so your brain can fully adjust.
If you go back and forth between wearing and not wearing your aids, your brain never fully turns off the old adjustments it made to compensate for your poor hearing. You need to “force” your brain to get used to the new devices by wearing them as much as possible.
TIP 3: KEEP YOUR HEARING AIDS CLEAN AND DRY
Of course, you can’t wear your hearing aids 24 hours a day. When you’re not wearing them, you should make sure they’re kept in a clean, dry, and safe environment. With many hearing aids, the case includes a drying element to remove moisture from the aids and keep them in good condition. There are also a wide variety of hearing aid dehumidifiers available for every size and style of hearing aid.
Additionally, you should clean your hearing aids regularly to avoid any buildup of earwax or foreign material. If you allow wax, dirt and dust to settle on your hearing aids, it can cause damage and decrease the sound quality. It can also provide a perfect home for bacteria which can then infect your ear canal.
One thing you should never do is store your hearing aids or hearing aid batteries in a cold or damp environment like the refrigerator or bathroom. The temperature and moisture in these places can easily damage your devices.
TIP 4: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADVANCED FEATURES
You should talk to your audiologist about what features your hearing aid offers and how you can use them. For example, many modern hearing aids offer automatic adjustments for different listening environments so you can hear well in different situations without making changes to your devices.
Many hearing aids can work with additional accessories such as telecoil devices, which allow you to hear the phone, TV, or other devices more clearly without wires. You can ask your audiologist what kind of accessories are available for your hearing aids.
Other hearing aids may feature Bluetooth connectivity, and some even have Android and iOS applications so you can change settings and modes through your smartphone. However, you’ll only be able to use these features if you know about them and understand how they work. Your audiologist should be happy to walk you through everything and provide support when you need it.
TIP 5: FIND A RELIABLE AUDIOLOGIST
Finally, make sure that your audiologist is trustworthy and reliable. A good audiologist is the key to unlocking the full potential of your hearing aids.
At Audio Recovery, our desire is to provide the best available solutions for all our patients’ hearing needs. Call us today at 405-949-1906 to schedule your hearing evaluation and learn about your options, or visit us on Facebook to see news, reviews and more hearing loss tips.