Unlike glasses that correct your eyesight as soon as you place them on your face, hearing aids take some getting used to, as your brain needs time to process the new sounds and stimuli. Your Carolina Ear, Nose & Throat audiologist put together the list of tips below to help you get used to your new hearing aids.
Start by Wearing Your Hearing Aids at Home
In order to get used to your new hearing aids, start by wearing them at home or in other quiet listening environments. Let others know you are new to wearing hearing aids and practice having one-on-one conversations. Talking to your pets and reading aloud can help you get used to the sound of your own voice.
For extra practice, try to locate the sources of sounds around your house.
Don’t Be Afraid to Take Breaks
Listening fatigue can cause you to become discouraged. Wear your hearing for a few hours the first day and then gradually increase the time by a few hours for the next week. This will help you slowly get used to the new sounds, while still allowing your ears and brain time to rest.
Attend Your Follow-Up Visits
You scheduled a few follow-up appointments with your audiologist after your initial hearing aid fitting—these visits are important! They allow your audiologist to fine-tune your device and discuss the situations you are finding most challenging.
Having realistic expectations makes you less likely to get overwhelmed and give up on your hearing aids. Expect to be frustrated; you will be hearing sounds you have not experienced for years. Be patient and take it one day at a time. After a little while, your brain will adjust.
Report Any Discomfort
Your hearing aid is designed to fit perfectly in your ear. While the device may cause slight tenderness at first, it should not hurt. If you experienced any pain, return to our office immediately. Your audiologist will make the necessary adjustments to fix the problem.
Getting used to wearing hearing aids is a process, one that your Carolina ENT audiologist is prepared to help you through. Ready to treat your hearing loss? Contact us today.