Adapting & Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids – 6 Helpful Tips

by | Jul 14, 2021 | Client Resources, Hearing Aids, Technology

Adapting to a new hearing aid device is an ongoing process and a bit of patience and effort is required to achieve maximum results.

Hearing loss generally comes on gradually, but can become debilitating over time if not dealt with accordingly. Making the wise decision to get hearing aids to enhance your hearing capability is an excellent solution to prevent severe hearing impairment and irreparable damage. However, you should not expect to just pop in hearing aids and have your hearing abilities immediately restored. Adapting to a new hearing aid device is an ongoing process and a bit of patience and effort is required to achieve maximum results.

6 Useful Tips for a Smooth Adjustment to New Hearing Aids

To help prevent getting discouraged by the transition to feeling comfortable with your new hearing aids, there are several helpful hints to make the process a little smoother.

Start Slowly

One trick to getting comfortable with new hearing aids is to wear them only a few hours a day while you are still getting used to them. This helps to get familiarized with the feel of wearing the device without getting annoyed by it. Eventually though, you will want to wear your hearing aids the whole time you are awake so the brain can be retrained to interpret sounds in both noisy and quiet settings.

Avoid Noisy Crowds at First

Keeping in line with starting out slowly, it is a good idea to first test out your new device in a comfortable quiet environment. This helps the brain adjust gradually without being overwhelmed with too much stimulation at once.

Allow Time to Adjust to the Physical Sensation

Wearing hearing aids is going to feel a little strange at first until your body gets used to the physical sensation of wearing them. At first, you will likely be very conscious of the fact that you are wearing the device. This initial awkward feeling will soon pass until you eventually don’t even notice you are wearing them.

Avoid Manual Adjustments

Hearing aids are designed to adjust automatically to your surroundings so it best to let that process occur naturally. It may be tempting to turn up the volume to hear quieter sounds, but that can actually detract from the functionality of the device and even cause further hearing damage.

Practice Makes Perfect

There are many scenarios that can help you practice getting used to your new hearing aids. Implementing these strategies into daily routines is a good way to get acclimatized.

  • Start out with one-on-one conversations and ramp up to small groups
    • Interaction with friends and family offers familiarity while getting used to sound associations and vocal patterns
  • Listen while reading
    • An effective technique for learning a new language, this is a great way to help the brain connect specific sounds to words
    • Use the closed captioning option while watching TV
    • Simultaneously listen to an audio recording of a book while reading
    • Reading aloud to yourself will help in getting used to how your own voice sounds through the device
  • Listen to your environment with your eyes closed
    • Practice trying to distinguish sounds and the direction they are coming from with your eyes closed
  • Practice talking on the phone while wearing your hearing aids

Ramp Up to All Day Comfortable Wear

Consistent wear is extremely important for maximizing the performance and functionality of your hearing aids. Once you are comfortable with the feel and sound of your device, it is recommended to wear it during all waking hours. This is the best way to ensure you are just as comfortable in noisy areas as you are in quiet ones, and that the optimal range of sounds is being detected and interpreted accurately.

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Jennifer Abbott brings over 25 years of experience in business. She has worked in multiple industries, including insurance brokerage, aviation, and health. Her career journey enabled her to acquire impeccable skills to help people find solutions in any situation. Jennifer is well travelled. She has lived and worked in Dubai for award-winning Emirates Airline. Jennifer has enjoyed working in a multicultural environment. Her offshore work empowered her to learn about various cultures from over 100 different nationalities. Upon her return home, Jennifer pursued her studies as a Hearing Aid Practitioner. While working in a hearing clinic, she became aware of some people’s challenges getting to their appointment. She realized that those people were not getting the proper hearing aid help they needed, which compromised their hearing. People’s struggles inspired her to establish the first unique 100% mobile hearing clinic in the lower mainland. As the founder of Hear at Home Mobile Hearing Clinic, Jennifer’s mission is to improve her client’s quality of life at any age. She has in-depth experience with hearing testing fitting, recommending hearing aids and working with older populations suffering from cognitive decline and Dementia.

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