Getting Used to New Hearing Aids

In Uncategorized by Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Dr. Arica Black, AuD

Getting new hearing aids is a positive step toward addressing hearing loss. However, they may initially feel uncomfortable to use and can have an impact on your overall experience. To make your initial experience with hearing aids a lot more manageable, here are a few tips you can follow:


Wear Them at Home

One of the first things you can do when you’re adjusting to hearing aids is to wear them at home, where it’s usually less noisy. A quieter environment helps you focus on things you want to hear and gradually trains you for more challenging listening environments like restaurants or other social settings. Getting used to wearing hearing aids in your home can also help you adapt to the feel of hearing devices in your ears.


You can also train your listening by having one-on-one conversations with a friend or family. You can also try reading a book or newspaper aloud. Reading aloud can help you grow accustomed to hearing the sound of your voice through the devices. This part is important because your voice might sound different when using hearing aids.


Wear Them All Waking Hours

Just like your glasses, we recommend putting on your hearing aids as soon as you get up in the morning and wearing them the whole day. Research shows that wearing your hearing aids all the time helps you acclimate to hearing various sounds again, increases auditory stimulation to the brain, and improves your overall health.


Wear Them in Different Settings

Begin using them while watching television, listening to the radio, or making phone calls. By incorporating your hearing aids into various activities, you’ll get used to different sound levels and find the right balance between clarity and comfort.


Talk to Your Audiologist and Attend Follow-Up Visits

To have the best experience with your hearing aids, it’s best to see your hearing care professional for follow-up visits. Whether you need adjustments or repairs, your audiologist is the right person to talk to.


You may update them about any developments with your hearing aids, whether positive or negative. That way, you’ll have immediate help and support. Often, people visit their audiologist for adjustments for at least one or two more follow-up appointments after newly receiving hearing aids.


At The Hearing Doctor, we care a lot about your hearing health. That’s why we are here for you if you need to choose your hearing aid device. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing care experts.