Assistive hearing devices, like hearing aids, can take a bit of time to adjust to. Here are some tips.
- Start Slowly
When you wear a hearing aid for the first time, you will, of course, be hearing sounds a lot more than ever before. In fact, it is entirely normal to be unable to distinguish sounds or even to be overwhelmed by all of the noises.For this reason, it is often advised to take the adjustment slowly. Start by wearing your hearing aids in more quiet settings and build-up to louder social situations. Your brain needs time to adapt to these new sounds. For instance, similar to hearing loss, the same gradual development is true. Hearing loss tends to occur over time and it is less common to experience a sudden change.So, again, the point is, you need time to adapt. Being mindful of this can prevent becoming frustrated or overwhelmed at all of the new sounds around you. But, again, over time, you will adjust to these new sounds as well.
- Have an Open Dialogue with Your AudiologistIt is important to have an open dialogue with your audiologist and discuss your questions or concerns regarding your hearing aid. This will ensure that you have the best possible experience.
- Fitting is a Continual ProcessIt can take time to develop a comfortable fit. Once you get used to your hearing aid, certain sounds may seem closer to you. Whatever the case may be, it may take some time to find the most comfortable fit, both physically and sound-wise.
- Hearing Aid CareWhile your audiologist will speak to you about caring for your hearing aids, here are a few important things to know:
- Always place your hearing aids in a safe place (and ideally in the same place) every single day.
- You should also wait roughly 30 minutes or so after showering or swimming (or being in any other situation where your ears have been underwater) before putting your hearing aid back into your ear.
- The ear canal needs to be as dry as possible to prevent moisture from steaming up your hearing aid. In short, wetness should always be avoided with assistive hearing devices.
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