Quick Tips for Getting Used to Your New Hearing Aids
Any time you get something new that you use, such as running shoes, eyeglasses, or hearing aids, it takes time to “break them in” and get comfortable using them. Even if you have used hearing aids previously, it can still take some time to get used to your new hearing aids. Besides adjusting to the feel of your new hearing aids, you also might need to get used to how they work and the new sounds that you can hear. It is important to work closely with the hearing care specialists at Sound Hearing Care during this transition period because we can help you learn about your new hearing and answer any questions you have about them.
Tips for Getting Used to Your New Hearing Aids
Here are a few tips to help you get used to your new hearing aids:
1.Wear Your Hearing Aids At Home to Start
As you get used to your new hearing aids, it’s important to start slow and use them in quieter environments, such as at home or even at a library or bookstores. Focus on places where you can have one-on-one conversations. If talking with friends or family, let them know you are still getting used to your new hearing aids and would appreciate the support. It might take time to get used to the sound of your own voice again, so practice reading out loud or talking to your pet.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes perfect, correct? The more you practice using your hearing aids and listening to different sounds, the easier it will be to use them. Test yourself by practicing hearing different everyday sounds in your environment, such as a bird singing or the rain as it hits the windows of your home. You can also listen to audio books or talk radio to practice hearing different sounds.
3. Take It Slow
Ease into using your hearing aids by gradually increasing how long you wear them each day. Wear them a couple of hours the first day you receive them and increase the time you use them each day. Do what is comfortable for you and make sure to take breaks during the day when you wear them if needed.
4. Anticipate Frustration at Times
Using something new that you aren’t used to always comes with frustrating moments. With hearing aids, using them with background noise. If you haven’t heard well in a few years then once you start wearing hearing aids it can be a bit of a sound overload. The background noises you didn’t previously hear, such as the sound of the refrigerator humming, can take time to relearn. Take it slow, and ease into different listening situations.
5. Follow-up Regularly with Sound Hearing Care
At Sound Hearing Care, we want you to be comfortable and happy with your new hearing aids. We encourage all our patients to meet with us on a regular basis as they adapt to their new hearing aids. We are always here to help adjust your hearing aids and answer any questions you have.
If you are having difficulty hearing things that used to come naturally to hear, make an appointment with Sound Hearing Care to have your hearing tested. Contact us at 864-881-1663. We have four convenient locations including Simpsonville, Greer, Travelers Rest, and Greenville.
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Make sure to ease into using your new hearing aids until you are comfortable wearing them all the time.