After months or even years of struggling to understand what is happening in the world around you, your new hearing aids are sure to improve your life in countless ways. Whether talking with your best friend, asking for help at the grocery store, or attending a birthday dinner for your family member at a noisy restaurant, you will receive innumerable benefits from new hearing aids.
Yet, few people have the sudden experience of total revitalization when they put in their hearing aids for the first time. The experience of wearing hearing aids is quite unlike wearing glasses. The first time you put on eyeglasses, you are likely to see the world in a wholly new way. Though some people feel uneasy the first time they use glasses, some even a bit nauseous from the experience of clear sight, most people are immediately overwhelmed with the positive experience.
Hearing aids offer assistance to a quite different sensory apparatus. Hearing occurs in 360 degrees and though our sense of hearing is faster than our sense of sight, it takes a longer time for you to adjust to hearing aids than you would eyeglasses. The following tips can help you ease into your hearing aids and take full advantage of the many benefits they provide. With hearing aids in place, you will find a whole new world opening up around you, but it may take a little time of transition to be able to reap the benefits.
Practice Makes Permanent
One of the most important ways to get used to your hearing aids is to give yourself time to get used to them! If you take them out at the first feeling of discomfort, you will never get over the hurdle to comfort and ease with what you hear. Have faith in the hearing assistance process, and be sure to report your experience to your hearing health provider at Posey Hearing Center.
If you find that the aids are uncomfortable to use for any reason—such as the feeling that your ears are plugged or muffled, otherwise known as occlusion—it could help to come in for re-fitting. As long as you are reporting issues to your hearing professional, practicing using your aids is the best way to discover the many contexts in which they can improve your life. Try not to take them out but to wear them as long as possible.
If you find that the hearing aids are simply too disorienting to wear for an extended duration when you first get them, try using them in regular shifts. Perhaps you commit to wearing them for an hour at a time, three times a day, for the first week that you have them. Or, you may decide to only use the aids at home where it is the easiest to familiarize yourself with your surroundings. You may want to wear them for a time that another person is around to talk to. Using aids in a quiet home alone is a good way to get in the habit, but they will not stretch your ability to listen and respond. Conversation is one of the most important functions of hearing aids, and using them for a shift here and there can make the transition easy.
Finally, you may benefit from talking with others about their experiences. Ask other people you know with hearing aids how the process went for them to get used to the aids. Perhaps they will have advice for you about the best way to get used to hearing aids, or at least they can provide comfort that you are not alone. Perhaps the best thing they can tell you is that it is worth the wait to get through the uncomfortable first days of hearing aid use to be able to reap the benefits in the future. Those who currently use hearing aids are often the best people to encourage you to put in the practice you need to get over the hump. Eventually you and your loved ones will be amazed that you ever got along without them!
Posey Hearing Center
At Posey Hearing Center, we are committed to helping you reconnect to the sounds of your life – and this means fitting you for an optimal hearing aid experience! Our team is here to support you through the adjustment process and help is only a call away. Contact us today if you are ready to treat your hearing loss or if you need adjustments made to your current hearing aids.