Have you had a hearing test, and found the perfect hearing aids to help you hear? The next step is adjusting to your new devices. It will take a few days for your ears and your brain to adjust to wearing hearing aids, and these tips will help you have a smooth transition.
Hearing Aids Aren’t Like Glasses
When you put on your first pair of glasses, you could see better immediately. Hearing aids are a bit different. When you put on hearing aids for the first time, everything around you will seem much louder. You’ll hear sounds you haven’t heard in years, including soft sounds like the hum of your appliances, or the sound of birds singing in your yard. Even sounds you’re used to hearing will sound fuller and richer. For example, the voices of your loved ones will seem much louder. You might even think they’re shouting!
Hearing all these sounds can be jarring at first. Hearing aids don’t work like glasses, and they won’t immediately help you hear better. In fact, it will take several days for your ears and brain to adjust to your new hearing aids.
You May Feel Tired at First
When you first start wearing hearing aids, you’ll probably feel tired. During the first few days your ears and brain are working hard to make sense of all these new sounds. Hearing aids help your ears send a lot more information to the brain. And the auditory centers of your brain have to interpret these new sounds. Your brain needs some time to relearn the sound of the fridge, discover an annoying sound you’ve never heard before, and get used to hearing noises filtering in from the outside.
Adjusting to new hearing aids can make you feel tired and you’ll use more energy in the first few days as you get reacquainted with all the sounds around you. Don’t give up! Once you’ve gone through this adjustment period, you’ll be hearing way more sounds than before. And hearing all these sounds reduces listening fatigue. You won’t use up so much energy straining to hear the sounds you’re missing, and you’ll easily hear every sound you want to hear.
Tips for Adjusting to Hearing Aids
Don’t get discouraged in the first few days! Adjusting to hearing aids is something everyone goes through. But after several days, you won’t be able to imagine your life without hearing aids. Here are a few tips to help you during the adjustment period:
- Be patient with yourself. You won’t hear better immediately, and it will take a bit of time to adjust to hearing aids. Remember that the adjustment period is short, and be patient with yourself as you relearn to hear all the sounds you’ve been missing.
- Wear your hearing aids as much as possible. When you first get hearing aids and experience listening fatigue, it’s tempting to take out your devices. However, the more time you spend wearing your hearing aids, the faster the transition period will be. And within a few days, they’ll be working even better than you hoped!
- Take breaks when you need to. Wear your hearing aids as much as you can, but recognize when you’re just too tired. If you’ve been wearing your hearing aids for several hours, it’s ok to take a break and give you brain a rest.
- Get another fitting. After a few days, we recommend scheduling a follow-up fitting appointment. Hearing aid fitting is ongoing: whenever your hearing changes, your hearing aids can be readjusted to match you needs. When you first get hearing aids and you’re suddenly experiencing all these new sounds, the fit might not be perfect. A follow-up fitting lets us tweak the hearing aids to make sure they match your hearing needs.
Schedule Regular Hearing Tests
As part of your plan for better hearing, it’s a good idea to schedule regular hearing tests every year. A hearing test will show you if your hearing has changed, and let us readjust your hearing aids to match your hearing. If you’ve had any changes in lifestyle, like starting a new hobby or retiring, we can also refit your hearing aids to make sure they’re helping you hear when you need it the most.