The first time you put in a new pair of hearing aids might be a shocking experience. You’re suddenly hearing a range of sounds you haven’t heard in years, and your brain is struggling to make sense of all this new information. While new hearing aids might seem overwhelming in the first few hours, adjusting to hearing aids is a easy process, and we’ll walk you through the steps.
Why Get a New Hearing Aid?
Whether you’re a first-time hearing aids wearer, or are looking for a new hearing device, one of the biggest reasons to get a hearing aid is because you’ve noticed changes to your hearing health. Those living with untreated hearing loss experience a lot of negative health outcomes, such as reduced mobility and independence, a greater risk of accident or injury, social isolation, and even depression and dementia.
Even if you’re aware of all the negatives of untreated hearing loss, a recent survey by Sergei Kochkin found that 51% of people get a new hearing aid because their family kept telling them they needed to look after their hearing health. If your family is pointing out that you’re struggling to hear, take it very seriously. They’ll often notice the full extent of your hearing loss before you do, so take their advice when it comes to treating your hearing loss.
Choosing the Right Hearing Aid
Once you’ve decided to invest in your hearing health, it’s important to pick the right hearing aids for you. It should be comfortable and natural to use your hearing devices, and they should allow you to easily follow conversations, focus on important sounds despite background noise, and be tailored to match your unique hearing needs. Each person experiences hearing loss in a different way, so it’s important to work with a hearing health specialist to find the programs and settings that will work perfectly for you, and compensate for the gaps in your hearing.
When it comes to choosing the right hearing aid, consider where you have the most trouble hearing. Do you need a bit of extra help at the office, or when meeting friends for dinner? Do you lead an active lifestyle, or do you just need a bit of help to hear the TV? Consider these questions to help you determine what kind of hearing aid is right for you.
Adjusting to New Hearing Aids
If you’re like most people, you’ve waited up to 7 years to treat your hearing loss! In that time, your ears and brain have lost the ability to hear many of the sounds in your environment, and the first time you put in hearing aids you’ll be quite shocked at how many sounds there are around you. During the first few days, you’ll feel that voices are very loud, and other noises have increased. You’ll notice far more sounds, like traffic noise, the sound of birds, music, or other background noises.
When you get new hearing devices, your brain must learn how to interpret the signals it’s receiving from the ears. At first this will seem quite different when compared to normal hearing. Adjusting to hearing aids will take a few days, so have patience. Unlike glasses, which will correct your vision immediately, hearing aids have an adjustment period because you have to learn how to hear differently.
Top Tips for Adjusting to Hearing Aids
When adjusting to your new hearing aids, keep them in your ears as much of the day as possible. Even if they annoy you at first, you need to give yourself enough time to adjust. This can take a few days.
Expect to have the fit adjusted at least once. As you become accustomed to your device, you’ll be able to recognize any problems in the fit, and have them corrected to provide the best hearing assistance.
Set expectations with yourself, and be aware that your hearing aids cannot completely restore natural hearing, but are a tool to help you hear clearly, and interact easily with the world around you.
Visit us at Advanced Hearing Solutions, and we’ll help you adjust to your new hearing aids. We’ll make sure they’re fitting properly, and you’re not experiencing any feedback or other discomfort. We’ll also help you monitor the settings, and understand the features of your device, so your hearing aids will perfectly match your hearing needs.