Congratulations—you’re set to join the millions of Americans who have discovered how utilizing hearing aids can make life more exciting and fulfilling. Before long, you’ll be listening to sounds you’ve long forgotten, engaging in stimulating discussions, and listening to music with enhanced discernment for each instrument.
But before you get to all that, you’ll have to deal with a brief phase of adjustment to get comfortable with your new hearing aids. Here are five suggestions to help you get through this stage and to help you get the most out of your new technology.
1. Visit a Hearing Care Professional
If you are looking for the best hearing possible, there’s no avoiding the first step, which is consulting a hearing care expert. They can assist you in finding the most appropriate hearing aid that matches your hearing loss, lifestyle, and financial position. And, most importantly, they can custom-fit and program your new hearing aid so that it’s optimized for your unique hearing loss.
Your hearing loss, like a fingerprint, is unique. That means every hearing aid should be programmed differently—and this calls for the skill-set of a hearing care professional.
2. Be Patient with Your Hearing Aids
Your new hearing aids will take time to get used to. You’ll notice sounds you haven’t listened to in a long time, your voice may sound different, and sound might as a whole just seem “off.” This is completely normal: you simply need time to adjust.
Get started by making a commitment to wear your hearing aids for as much of the day as possible, for at a minimum a few weeks. Put them in when you get up in the morning and take them out before going to bed. While it may be awkward at first, you’ll get used to better hearing in no time—and it will be well worth the hard work.
If you find that you’re having trouble adjusting, set up an appointment with your hearing care professional. Hearing aids can be fine-tuned, so you never have to give up on better hearing.
3. Start Small
We recommend adjusting to your hearing aids at first in the comfort of your home. Try watching a movie or TV show and paying specific attention to the discourse; engage in one-on-one conversations in a quiet space; and listen to music while attempting to pick out different instruments and pitches.
Then, when you’re more accustomed, you can try your hearing aids out in more difficult surroundings like at parties, restaurants, and movie theaters. Modern hearing aids have advanced features and environmental settings that can easily handle these increased listening demands—which segues perfectly to the fourth tip.
4. Learn the Advanced Features
After you’ve adjusted to your hearing aids, you should start to learn some of the more advanced features. With the assistance of your hearing specialist, you can learn how to capitalize on the functionality and convenience of your modern hearing aids.
Depending on your particular model, you’ll have the ability to do things like wirelessly stream music and phone calls directly to your hearing aids, manipulate the volume from your mobile phone or digital watch, and easily change settings to maximize your hearing in different environments. Be sure to speak to your hearing specialist about all the features that may be helpful to you.
5. Take Care Of Your Hearing Aids
Last, you’ll want to ensure that you maintain your hearing aids. This means daily cleaning, appropriate storage, and managing your battery supply. Your hearing professional will help you integrate hearing aid maintenance and care into your daily routine so that it becomes automatic and effortless.
You’ll also want to get your hearing aids professionally cleaned and evaluated one or two times a year to ensure proper functioning for years to come.
We’d love to hear from you: if you currently have hearing aids, tell us about your experiences! Let us know how you adjusted to your hearing aids and any tips you’d give to those just starting out.