Congratulations—you’re prepared to join the millions of Americans who have discovered how using hearing aids can make life much more exciting and rewarding. Shortly, you’ll be hearing sounds you’ve long forgotten about, participating in stimulating discussions, and listening to music with improved discernment for each instrument.
But before you can get to all that, you’ll have to undertake a short period of adjustment to get comfortable with your new hearing aids. Here are five recommendations to to assist you to get through this period and to help you get the most out of your new technology.
1. Consult a Hearing Care Professional
If you wish to have the best hearing possible, there’s no avoiding the first step, which is contacting a hearing care professional. They can assist you in finding the right hearing aid that matches your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget. And, even more importantly, they can custom-fit and program your new hearing aid so that it’s fine tuned for your distinctive hearing loss.
Your hearing loss, like a fingerprint, is one-of-a-kind. That means every hearing aid should be programmed differently—and this calls for the practical knowledge 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 hear sounds you haven’t heard in some time, your voice may sound unusual, and sound might as a whole just seem “off.” This is completely ordinary: you just need time to adjust.
Start by making a commitment to wear your hearing aids for as much of the day as possible, for at a minimum a couple of weeks. Put them in when you get up in the morning and take them out before going to bed. While it may be uncomfortable initially, you’ll get used to better hearing in no time—and it will be well worth the hard work.
If you discover that you’re having difficulty adjusting, arrange a visit with your hearing care professional. Hearing aids can be fine-tuned, so you never have to throw in the towel on better hearing.
3. Start Small at Home
We recommend adjusting to your hearing aids at first in the comfort of your home. Try watching a movie or television show and paying particular attention to the conversation; take part in one-on-one conversations in a quiet room; and listen to music while attempting to identify a variety of instruments and pitches.
Then, when you’re more accustomed, you can try your hearing aids out in more difficult conditions like at parties, restaurants, and movie theaters. Modern hearing aids come with advanced features and environmental settings that can easily handle these increased listening demands—which segues nicely 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 sophisticated features. With the help of your hearing specialist, you can learn how to make best use of the functionality and convenience of your modern hearing aids.
Depending on your specific model, you’ll be able to do things like wirelessly stream music and phone calls straight to your hearing aids, manipulate the volume from your smartphone or digital watch, and easily switch settings to maximize your hearing in a variety of environments. Make sure to speak to your hearing specialist about all the features that might be beneficial to you.
5. Take Care Of Your Hearing Aids
Finally, you’ll want to make sure that you maintain your hearing aids. This implies daily cleaning, appropriate storage, and managing your battery supply. Your hearing specialist will show you how to combine 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 many years.
We’d like to hear from you: if you presently have hearing aids, tell us about your experiences! Let us know how you adapted to your hearing aids and any tips you’d give to those just starting out.