How to Properly Adjust to New Hearing Aids
While hearing aids are incredibly convenient, transforming your hearing as soon as you begin to use them, the change when you first try them on can be startling. Providing you have worked with your ear, nose and throat doctor to ensure you choose the right device, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with them, but the transition still catches many people off guard. You might experience that amplified hearing is overwhelming or that you are noticing new background noises that are distracting and make it hard to focus.
New hearing aids have an adjustment period. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at how you can ensure it goes as smoothly as possible, so you can enjoy your new hearing aids to their fullest extent.
Don’t worry if they feel odd at first
So long as they are not particularly uncomfortable or painful to wear, a little unfamiliarity with hearing aids is to be expected. You may not be used to wearing something in your ear and, even if you are, a new model can feel different. Give yourself some time to get used to the physical sensation of wearing them.
Understand the basics
When your ear, nose and throat doctor first fits your hearing aid, they should provide plenty of instruction on how to insert it, to remove it, to clean it, to change the batteries and so on. If you forget any of that information, don’t hesitate to call up. They will be happy to remind you to ensure that you take the proper care that your hearing aid needs.
Take time getting used to it
In the beginning, you shouldn’t wear your hearing aids throughout the whole day. The adjustment period is gradual, both your body and your mind have to get used to the new experiences. Instead, you should only wear them for a couple of hours a day and steadily increase the amount of time you wear them each day. By the end of it, you should be wearing them all day (except for when you sleep).
Talk to your ear, nose and throat doctor and they may be able to help you put together a scheduled plan of how long you should wear those aids for.
Increase your exposure slowly
Different environments produce different levels of sound. Your ear, nose and throat doctor should have adjusted the hearing aid settings to the kinds of environment you spend a lot of time in, but too much noise can be overwhelming in the beginning. At the start, try wearing your hearing aid in quieter environments, such as in the privacy of your own home. As you get used to it, gradually expose yourself to environments that are slightly noisier (if your lifestyle has you spending time in those environments).
You will slowly but surely get used to different levels of noise until those environments are much more comfortable to be in. You shouldn’t have to change the volume levels too often to cope with different environments, you likely just need time to get used to them.
Know what you shouldn’t be experiencing
Getting used to a new hearing aid is both a physical and psychological process, but there are some issues that you should raise some alarm bells. If you hear a high-pitched whistling noise, then you are experiencing feedback. First, check to ensure that dirt or wax aren’t blocking any parts of the device and that you have inserted it into the ear properly. If that doesn’t fix it, make an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor to ensure the device isn’t malfunctioning.
Remember that the hearing aid fitting is a gradual process
Your ear, nose and throat doctor’s work isn’t done once they first fit in your hearing aids. The period of adjustment should also account for follow-up appointments, too. These appointments will address any issues you’re having and may also involve finding a new program for the hearing aids to help them better adapt to your lifestyle.
If you find that you’re not adjusting to your new hearing aids, if they are in any way uncomfortable or painful to wear or even if they don’t work as well as you would like, make an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor. The specialists at Baton Rouge Ear, Nose & Throat associates can help identify any issues with the device itself, as well helping you put together a plan that sees you happily using your new hearing aids in no time. Call us at (225) 769-2222 and arrange your appointment