Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

Tips for Adjusting to New Hearing Aids

In Hearing Aids by Dr. Maya Berenson, AuD

Dr. Maya Berenson, AuD

Dr. Maya Berenson was previously the director at The New York Hearing Center affiliated with NYOG. She was also formerly Chief of Audiology at Metropolitan Hospital where she received extensive training in pediatric audiology. Dr. Berenson earned her doctorate degree in clinical audiology from The Long Island Consortium comprised of Hofstra University, Adelphi University and St. John’s University. She completed her fellowship at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
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Getting new hearing aids can be a challenging experience. The key is to make sure that you take it slow and keep a few tips in mind. Examples of how to adjust to new hearing loss treatment that lets you hear more clearly again include the following ideas.

Give Yourself Time

The key to adjusting to new hearing aids is to not expect too much too fast. Unlike with glasses, a hearing aid takes time for you to adjust to generally. You’re going to be hearing things a little differently now, and that can be a strange, uncomfortable feeling. There’s no doubt that it beats hearing loss, however, and it will all work out eventually with your hearing loss treatment now firmly in place.

Start with Quiet

It’s going to be easier to get used to the hearing aid if you start off in a place that’s already pretty quiet. If you aren’t exactly sure about where this might be, it doesn’t hurt to ask anyone who lives with or near you about consistently quiet locations.

This should include things like areas that have slight sounds such as footsteps, slight background noises, and ideally pleasant things like birds singing. You’re not going to want to mess with the volume control too much in the beginning. Just get used to the difference in sound nice and gradually before you move on to other sounds and other volumes. It can be frustrating to be sure, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

Ask for Support

Don’t just try to go it alone if you’re handling the aid for the first time ever. Instead, it’s a good idea to try and talk to other people at the clinic to get some advice on the device and to help allay your fears and vent your frustrations. This is good general advice for just about any new technology that you need to use.

It may also be a good idea to talk to other people you know who have used hearing aids for a while. They will know more about what to expect and how you might adjust to the situation. Their experience will likely be highly helpful one way or another in helping you get to where you want to be.

Familiarize Yourself with the Device

With new devices, it helps to try out the different programs and features to personalize your listening experience. This means that it might bother you a bit at first. The key is to persevere, however. Don’t just take it off every time that it makes a noise that you don’t like. Think of this event as just an opportunity to learn how to adjust it or else talk to your doctor or the company that makes the aid. There may be something they can do to adjust the fit, and there may also something you can do to adjust the aid so that it’s more comfortable.

Recruit Partners

Another recommendation for getting used to the aid is finding someone who will talk to you in a quiet room. If you’re looking at the person and they talk slowly, you will have a better chance of matching up the movement of their lips with what they are actually saying. This can be of great help for practice and getting more confident and used to the aid. Sympathetic partners are generally of great help for these kinds of situations.

Overall, the key to getting used to a new aid is patience and perseverance. It can be tempting to give up on the device after it bothers you too much. You may have the urge to just get used to your reduced hearing since it’s easier than trying to handle something new. However, you’ll be surprised how much it can have a difference in your life if you just stick with it. The end that you’re looking for, namely getting full functionality of your hearing back after hearing loss, won’t come right away, but it will often come sooner than you might think if you just stick with it.

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