Hearing aids can dramatically improve the quality of your life, but it does take some practice getting used to them. The better informed you are about the adjustment period, the smoother your transition will be.
If you’re like many adults, your hearing has probably been declining gradually for several years so you may be surprised by how different things sound when you first put on your hearing aid. Try these suggestions to help you adapt quicker.
Wear them all day
When you first start off, your brain needs to adjust to the new sounds it is receiving. Like when you train for anything, the more time you put in, the more successful the outcome will be. Thus, put the hearing aids on in the morning and wear it all day. Go about your weekly business so you can trial the hearing aids in all the different environments – shopping, church, café/restaurant, family/friend catch up, going to the club, etc. Every week, the strain (headaches) will dramatically decrease and the hearing aids will become a part of you.
Train your brain
Remember that hearing depends on your brain as well as your ears. Be patient while your brain is trying to reinterpret daily events now that you’re aware of sounds such as traffic noises and appliances humming. It may help to try to coordinate input by listening to the TV with captions on or facing people so you have visual cues during conversations.
Keep a log
Write down any issues you encounter. As you review your progress, you may find that some matters resolve themselves, and others will be things you’ll want to discuss with your audiologist.
Schedule follow-up visits
The more you tell your audiologist about your individual issues, the more they can help you with matters like understanding speech, dealing with loud sounds, or avoiding feedback.
As the only online hearing store in Australia supported by over 230 audiology clinics, we can connect you with a local qualified clinician to help you through your adjustment period so you get the most out of your hearing aid.
Contact us today to start your journey to better hearing.