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Hearing Aid Tip Of The Month: How to Adjust to Wearing New Hearing Devices

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If you have hearing loss, being fitted with hearing aids can improve your life immensely. Still, it can take a bit of doing to adjust to wearing new hearing devices.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, we provide our patients with education on how to wear and care for their hearing aids as well as tips on acclimating to a heightened sense of sound. Here are just a few tips that can benefit any new hearing aid user.

Give Your Brain Time To Readjust To The World of Sound

Most of us are fans of the quick-fix. The truth is, though, it can take between 4 to 6 months to get used to using hearing aids. but the truth is it can take between 4 to 6 months to get used to wearing hearing aids.

Hearing loss is often gradual. Over the course of years, you can lose the ability to discern normal environmental sounds. When your perception of these noises returns, they may initially seem unreasonably loud. You may find yourself distracted, irritated or even startled by the rustling sound of trees in the wind or your clothes as you move; the hum of air conditioning, the refrigerator and electronic equipment; and ringing telephones, ticking clocks and traffic.

Along with getting used to the sheer volume, it takes a while to retrain your brain to focus and filter sounds selectivity. You need to reacquire skills like perceiving what direction a sound is coming from and tuning out noises that don’t require your attention.

If you’ve been walking around with significant hearing loss, there’s another adjustment you’ll need to make. It’s likely you’ve had your TV and radio turned way up high. You’ll now find your accustomed volume too loud and it may take a little time to find that sweet spot.

Practice Wearing Your New Hearing Aids

As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. Wear your new hearing aids as often as possible and you’ll find increasing comfort as your mind acclimates to the slew of sound.

At first, you may benefit from a schedule where you wear your hearing aids part-time and then work up to full-time. Listening to audiobooks is another great idea for hearing aid newbies because it helps you practice hearing and speech comprehension.

Know When Your Brain And Ears Need a Rest

People newly-equipped with hearing aids sometimes experience fatigue due to the unaccustomed sensory input and the learning curve your brain is experiencing.

Also, people with untreated hearing loss have often become isolated, avoiding group conversations and well as public venues like places of worship, lecture halls and performance halls. Once you don’t have to strain to perceive what’s being said or pretend you’re taking in what everyone else is hearing, you might venture out there. Your amped-up social life may also be tiring at first.

Give yourself permission to rest when you need it, removing your hearing aids, taking a nap in a quiet room or spending the afternoon vegging at home.

Acquaint Yourself With Your Hearing Aid Technology

Even people who have hearing aids with barebones features take time to learn which settings are right for various situations. In many cases, however, there’s a steeper learning curve because today’s hearing aids and accessories can be equipped with a dazzling array of technology, including:

  • Wireless streaming
  • Built-in tinnitus sound therapy
  • Directional microphones
  • Direct connection to smartphones, TV, radio, and computers

Again, be patient with yourself. Imagine that you’re at a job, learning a new computer system. You’ll have moments when you progress beyond your expectations and other times where you stumble and need review.

If you are experiencing hearing loss we encourage to you contact us at Hearing & Balance Doctors. If you need them, our doctors of audiology can help you get the right hearing aids and the best benefit from wearing them.

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