HEARING TIPS

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You’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. You got your new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the swing of your social life again. No more bad transitions or unclear conversations. But your hearing aids just don’t seem quite right.

The reason for this is that it will usually take a bit of time before you adjust to your new hearing aids. Often, this transition can be frustrating. You were so looking forward to enjoying your hearing again and it feels like it’s taking so long.

But there are some tips you can use to reduce this transition period. Before long, with a bit of practice, you will be focusing on what you’re hearing instead of your hearing aids.

Tips that help you start Slowly

Your brain will take a little while to get used to hearing certain sounds again regardless of how sophisticated your hearing aids are. Use these tips to start slowly and deliberately give your ears time to adapt.:

  • Wear your hearing aids for a short duration: A few hours at a time is the most you should wear your hearing aids when you first start out. Your hearing aids will probably feel a little strange in your ears for a while so beginning slowly is fine. As your hearing aids become more comfortable, you can wear them for longer durations.
  • Initially, try to focus on one-on-one conversations: You could be setting yourself up for frustration if you wear your hearing aids in a crowded environment right out of the box. When the brain has to focus on all those voices, it can get overloaded at first. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a bit of extra practice, as well).
  • Begin by using your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to encounter noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a better degree of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This means you can focus on one voice at a time.

Tips that help you get extra practice in

As with any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are certain activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. Some of these are even fun!

  • Watch TV with the closed-captions on: It’s easy: put your hearing aids in, turn on the television, and watch your favorite program. As you read the dialog you’ll also be hearing the actors speak, and your brain will start remembering what all these words sound like. This can give you some practice hearing and getting used to speech.
  • Do some listening exercise: That’s right: sit in a quiet place and let your ears do the hearing. You can practice by concentrating on trying to hear the fridge running or the cat meowing in another room or the birds chirping outside.
  • Read along with the printed book while you listen to the audiobook.: This comparable exercise can also be very enjoyable. Reading and listening to an audiobook simultaneously will help your brain make links between sounds and words.

Strengthen your hearing health with these tips

Keeping your ears as healthy as you can, after all, is one of the main purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get used to your new hearing aids, there are a few things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:

  • Keep visiting us: You might not think you need to get hearing evaluations anymore after you get your hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. We can continue to monitor your hearing, make certain the fit is comfortable, and make any needed adjustments. It’s essential to continue with these follow up appointments.
  • If you’re experiencing any pain, be sure you document it and report it to us.: Your hearing aids shouldn’t hurt. So it’s important to let us know about any issues with fit or any pain right away.

Be patient, and build up to full-time hearing aids

Your objective here will be to work your way up to using your hearing aids full time. Everybody’s unique but the slow and steady strategy often works best. You’ll want to get personalized guidance from us on the best way for you to get accustomed to your new hearing aid.

These tips will help you have a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.

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