If you have been gearing up for new hearing aids, expect to take a few days to a couple of weeks to acclimate to them. Even with prescription glasses, it can take a bit of time to fully adjust to them. When you can better connect with others through hearing, the adjustment period is well worth it. Let’s get into how to get used to hearing aids below.
Tips for Getting Used to Hearing Aids
Wear a Few Hours Per Day to Begin
It helps to get used to them gradually. You can begin by wearing them for a few hours the first day and increasing the number of hours you wear them every day until you are wearing them from when you wake up to when you go to sleep.
Practice Hearing Your Own Voice
It also helps to wear them when you are at home when your house is quietest. It will be a little weird getting used to the sound of your own voice. Since that is the sound closest to home, it is best to practice getting used to how that sounds first. Read a book aloud, talk to your pet, or sing your favorite songs.
Practice Hearing Other Sounds
You will also need to get used to other sounds, such as sounds from the television, radio, telephone, and other devices. Of course, you can also acclimate to other sounds through your friends and family. Chat with them and see how different they sound with your new hearing aids.
Have Patience with Background Noise
It might be simple enough to get used to hearing other sounds, like people talking to you or your favorite show. However, you will also have to account for background noise like the HVAC system, noise from crowded environments, music, etc. Your brain may have to adjust to focus on one sound above the background noise. Have patience!
Don’t Hesitate to Call about Problems
Getting new hearing aids often involves follow-up appointments with the audiologist to ensure that they fit and are working properly. You should also know how to maintain your hearing aids in the meantime. If you notice any problems, such as discomfort, itchiness, or squealing, don’t hesitate to call your audiologist!
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that are personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.