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How to use hearing aids

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.   

Modern hearing aids automatically select the appropriate volume when they are switched on. However, if you decide to adjust the volume manually, be sure to not raise the volume too loud as you could actually cause more hearing damage by doing so.

A good rule of thumb is if you’re attempting to make your hearing aids more capable of hearing than a pair of healthy ears. If individuals with healthy hearing cannot detect the noise from a faint sound, it’s wise not to crank up your hearing aid volume so that you can. Doing so could actually amplify other loud sounds and noises that could be painful or dangerous for your ears.

# 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.

A good tip is to start off in a quiet room at your house. Keep in mind even the smallest of sounds may seem loud at first, but don’t be alarmed.

#3 Give yourself a little time. 

Just like eyeglasses or contact lenses, a hearing aid can feel strange at first. After a brief period of adjustment, this will change. It’s normal for your new hearing aids to feel funny at first and most people expect it. However, do not judge a book by its cover—or in this case, do not judge your hearing aids the first few times you wear them. Instead, give yourself at least one to two weeks before making any new adjustments.

#4 Being an active participant in discussions.

Even people without hearing loss find it difficult to follow discussions sometimes, especially if several people talk at once. Move closer to the person you would like to hear and focus on him or her. As you gain experience with your hearing aid, you will be able to master these situations with more ease and confidence.

#5 Plan your visits to public places.

Theaters, places of worship, conference halls and similar places can present an acoustic challenge for hearing aid users. Ideally, you should find a seat in the section with the best acoustics. It is usually located in the front and center of the room. Do not sit too closely to the speaker, but close enough to see his or her face. Some public places have special technical equipment to make hearing and understanding easier. Just ask in advance or when you get there.

#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.

Sometimes it is not possible to understand every single word. In those cases, try to concentrate on the overall context. In these situations, an appropriate additional listening device can also be helpful.

#8 Practice using your hearing aid with the phone.

As a hearing aid user, you have many options to improve your hearing and understanding of phone calls. Your hearing aid specialist can advise you which solution is best for you.

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.

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