Wearing hearing aids for the first time can be a little overwhelming. Keep in mind that there will be a period of adjustment. You will be hearing sounds that you have not heard for some time, and the ears and brain will need some time to adapt. Here are some things to keep in mind during the first weeks, that we hope will help you achieve hearing aid success. Remember that your hearing healthcare professional is only a phone call away to address any concerns and offer support.
Take It Slow:
We always encourage our clients to wear their hearing aids as much as possible. The more exposure you have to your hearing aids, the faster you will adapt. Keeping that in mind, if you are finding the transition period challenging, it’s okay to take it slow. You may need to work your way up to wearing the hearing aids fulltime. Start with a couple of hours per day. As you begin to feel more comfortable, increase the amount of time per day. Soon enough you will be wearing the hearing aids all day, everyday.
Have Realistic Expectations:
Unfortunately hearing aids are not a cure for hearing loss. You should notice a significant improvement in your hearing ability, however it would be unrealistic to expect your hearing to return to normal. However, hearing aid styles, technology, and features are always improving and have a lot to offer. Your hearing healthcare professional will be able to fill you in on all you CAN expect from your hearing aids.
Stay Positive and Be Open To Adjustments:
Like anything in life, a positive attitude can go a long way. Try to focus on the ways that improved hearing will benefit your quality of life. If you are having difficulties, take note of this and bring it to the attention of your hearing healthcare professional. They may offer some suggestions or need to make some tweaks to the fit or acoustics of your aid. Every individual is unique in their hearing and communication needs. We are happy to take the time to find the right solutions for you.