Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A

Olga Lis, MS, CCC-A is the president of Audiology Central. Olga’s experience in the field of Audiology spans 20 years. She received a Master of Science degree from Brooklyn College CUNY in 1998. Olga spent two years as part of the Cochlear Implant Team at Lenox Hill Hospital and eight years as the coordinator of the Cochlear Implant Program in Long Island College Hospital.
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When you get a new hearing aid, it can seem awkward. Your ear will have to adjust to having something on and inside of it. Most hearing aids are comfortable to wear. However, for many, it might take some time getting used to. The good thing is that you have a device that’s assisting with your hearing struggles. Hearing aids are made to give those suffering from hearing loss a new lease on life. Too many of us walk around and go untreated with hearing problems. Here are some tips to adjusting to your new hearing equipment.

Take your time

Once you get the hearing aid device in or on your ear, take your time. There is no rush when trying to get comfortable. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself. It can seem like an impatient process, but you’ll have to wait. There could be the slightest thing off with your hearing aid where you’re forced to return them. Allow enough time where you’ve tried them out for at least a week. Don’t give us so easily as your hearing aid needs to conform to your type of ear. After a decent waiting period, you’ll be glad you didn’t rush the process.

Volume

Try not to be hard on the volume controls for your hearing aid. It will take a few tries to find the right volume level that works perfect for your hearing needs. If you go to high on the volume, it can be emotionally shocking. Further, it can damage your hearing that’s already suffering from hearing loss. Find a notch of volume that’s in the middle. Visit different environments to see which volume works the best. Once you get this down, then you’ll know the correct notch to adjust your hearing aid to when at these locations.

Read Out Loud

Consider reading out loud so you can hear your voice. This will tell you how loud your volume is up so you can adjust it. It also helps you hear your own voice when speaking. We’ve all seen the elderly person yelling at others asking what they’ve said. This happens because they can’t hear their own voice or the volume is too low.

Others wearing hearing aids

Find out how others are coping with their hearing aid. You might be able to pick up tips from them. Everyone has their own way of adjusting to something new. Hearing loss treatment begins after the equipment is attached to your ear. Ask how they adjusted to their hearing aid when they first received it. This helps you know you’re not alone, and others face the same struggles in their hearing loss treatment.

Find the perfect fit

Give yourself a chance to find the perfect fit for your ears. Not everyone can just plop a hearing aid on and they’re fine. Some of us have tiny ears, while other have larger ears than expected when wearing a device.

Equipment can come in many different sizes. What you don’t want from a hearing aid is for it to damage your inner ear. Tell your audiologist about any uncomfortable feelings you experience when wearing the device. Never continue to wear a hearing aid that brings you pain. If you do this, you’ll only make things worse for your hearing issues.

Family and friends

Family and friends are big help when adjusting to a new hearing aid. If you’re not able to put the device on yourself, ask them to assist. Use your friends to help you in social areas. There’s nothing embarrassing about asking these individuals for additional help or assistance. Most understand that wearing a hearing aid can affect your life. Reconnecting to the sounds in your environment is life changing, and they will be there to support you. Show them the device and get them involved with its maintenance. This is very helpful when you can’t do it yourself as regular as you should. Tell them where you keep the device in case you can’t get to it and need it during an emergency. Have them walk with you in new environments while you test out your hearing aid. 

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