Hearing loss is a common chronic condition. While, in the vast majority of cases, hearing loss is permanent, the good news is that hearing aids are an excellent treatment option that can benefit an estimated 28.8 million adults in the United States alone.
Whether you are considering hearing aids or have newly been fitted for your first pair, it’s important to know that using them can take some getting used to before you can fully appreciate all the benefits.
Let’s go over a few ways to make the adjustment phase easier and help you enjoy all that your hearing aids have to offer.
It can take several months to fully adjust to your hearing aids. As you go through the process, keep in mind that it’s normal for certain sounds to seem different, overly loud or overwhelming. You may even feel like your own voice sounds different at first. Have patience with your hearing aids and yourself during this time, and don’t feel bad if you run into a few bumps on the road to better hearing.
Start Slow and Build Consistency
Consistency is key when it comes to getting used to your hearing aids, but you also don’t want to rush it. Try wearing your hearing aids for a few hours the first couple of days and gradually work your way up to the eventual goal of wearing them during all waking hours (apart from those where you are showering or otherwise in water). If you need breaks, take them, but try to be mindful of not taking too many.
Wear Your Hearing Aids in Quiet Environments First
Eventually, you’ll be able to wear your hearing aids in busier environments around Topeka, like dinner with friends at The Weather Room. However, when you first get your hearing aids, it’s best to practice using them in quieter environments first.
Wear your hearing aids around your home and practice one-on-one conversations with a family member or close friend to help your ears and brain get used to this new way of processing sound.
Check-In With Your Audiologist
It’s not just the initial hearing aid fitting that matters, but follow-up appointments as well. These check-ins with your audiologist let them fine-tune your settings and make any other needed adjustments, as well as address any questions or concerns you might have during this process.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist, contact Topeka Ear Nose & Throat today.