How to Get Used to New Hearing Aids
About 3.6 million Australians suffer from hearing loss. However, it usually occurs gradually over time and takes years before they act on it.
It is then no surprise that people find it overwhelming when they get fitted with new hearing aids as they hear sounds they haven’t heard in a long time and have foreign objects in their eyes.
Similarly, people who have worn hearing aids before and get fitted with new hearing aids may need to adjust due to sound quality, style, and technology changes. It takes some people weeks or even months to get used to their new hearing aids.
So today, we will be discussing six different ways to help you get used to new hearing aids.
Start Off Slow
When you are fitted with new hearing aids, your audiologist will go over usage with you and recommend a listening schedule.
First-time hearing aid wearers are encouraged to wear their hearing aids for a few hours a day in a quiet environment. For example, when watching TV at home or chatting one-on-one with someone.
You should gradually increase your wear time and environments in which you wear your hearing aids, such as cafes and restaurants.
The end goal is to wear your hearing aids during waking hours to ensure the hearing pathway and brain are being stimulated.
Know How to Manage Your New Hearing Aids
An important way to get used to your new hearing aids is learning how to manage them.
Your audiologist will go over insertion and removal, turning them on and off, changing batteries and how to adjust and clean the hearing aids. However, practising management regularly will give you confidence and help you get used to your hearing aids.
Adjust Your New Hearing Aids
When you attend your hearing aid fitting appointment, your audiologist will fit your new hearing aids to your hearing loss and use verification measures to ensure they perform optimally in your ears.
They will then ask your opinion and make adjustments to ensure they’re comfortable.
When fitted correctly, you shouldn’t need to make too many adjustments to the hearing aids.
New hearing aid technology means that they are more automatic than ever before and can adjust themselves depending on the environment that you are in. Hearing aids may have onboard volume and program controls or may have Bluetooth technology, enabling you to control them from your smartphone.
Cleaning & Maintenance
When fitted with new hearing aids, your audiologist will go over basic cleaning and maintenance practices.
The cleaning and maintenance required vary depending on the type and style of hearing aid.
It’s important to clean your hearing aids and remove ear wax from them after every use, keep them dry and keep them in a safe place when not in use. Wax and moisture can damage your hearing aids and affect their function.
Note Down Your Experiences
Write down all the experiences you have with your new hearing aids, both good and bad. Take them with you to your appointments and discuss them with your audiologist.
The more information that you can provide about the issues you are having, the better they will be able to adjust your hearing aids.
The simple process of writing things down can also make you aware of the benefits your new hearing aids are providing when you otherwise wouldn’t have noticed.
Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments
When you get fitted with new hearing aids, you will be booked for a follow-up appointment.
At the follow-up appointment, your audiologist can adjust the sound quality of your new hearing aids, the physical fit and revisit management.
They are also there to answer any questions you may have regarding your new hearing aids. It’s essential to attend your follow-up appointment to address any issues you may be having.
In A Nutshell
Getting new hearing aids can be both exciting and daunting. You want them to help you hear well again straight away, but sometimes that’s not always the case.
So, to help you get used to new hearing aids, you should start off wearing them slowly, know how to manage and adjust them, utilise proper cleaning and maintenance practices, note down your experiences and attend your follow-up appointments.
Not sure what hearing aids are right for you? Get in contact with our hearing aid brokers via email or call 1300 010 064 to get more information.