Adjust to Hearing Aids Faster with these Tips
Congratulations! You just purchased your new hearing aids or upgraded to a new pair. Hearing aids can dramatically improve your way of life, but chances are nothing feels natural when it comes to your new way of hearing. You may even be wondering if you are properly using your hearing aids or not.
Don’t worry, you probably are. But with any new change comes a period of adjustment, so be patient with yourself.
Adjust to Hearing Aids Faster with these Hearing Aid Tips
Here are 8 hearing aid tips to remember when first trying out your new set of hearing aids.
#1 Adjusting the volume.
# 2 Ease into It.
Hearing aids stimulate the auditory nerve, which can be intense and overwhelming for some individuals. Just like dipping your toes into a chilly swimming pool, ease into it. Give your ears and your brain some time to gently acclimate to your new devices. Consider wearing your hearing aids for a few hours at first then slowly increase the time you wear them each day over the course of the first few weeks.
#3 Give yourself a little time.
#4 Being an active participant in discussions.
#5 Plan your visits to public places.
#6 Practice listening with visual elements.
Accelerate your brain’s connection between audio and visual stimuli by focusing on activities that involve both your ears and your eyes. Try turning on the TV with captions on, so you can read while you listen. Even reading out loud can help.
#7 Following television and radio programs.
#8 Practice using your hearing aid with the phone.
Looking for more tips for adjusting to your new hearing aids? Check out more of our recommendations as well as some others from AARP.
Remember, when you first bring home your new devices, it’s natural to want to regain all of the sounds you may have been missing out on, but take if you take it slowly, you will find your body will adapt with comfort and ease.
Questions about adjusting to your new hearing aid? One of our hearing professionals are happy to help you! Contact them today.