It’s a common misconception that putting on hearing aids for the first time is like putting on glasses. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy; it takes time for your brain to re-learn how to filter out ambient noises and focus on the important ones. Below we provide tips for getting used to your new pair of hearing aids.
1. Acclimate to Your Own Voice
For many, the first shock after getting a pair of hearing aids is how their own voice sounds. Your voice may at first sound funny and unfamiliar to you. You’ll also be more aware of sounds like chewing and swallowing. Know that this is completely normal, and it shouldn’t take long for you to get used to it.
To get used to the sound of your own voice, you can try reading a book out loud to yourself or chatting with your pet.
2. Wear Your Hearing Aids at Home
When you first get your hearing aids, your audiologist will tell you to wear them around the house at first to get used to them. Practice a technique called sound localization, where you identify the source of various sounds you hear, like the hum of the refrigerator.
Once you’re comfortable, you can start venturing out to other quiet places like Midnight Ledger.
3. Take Breaks as Needed
As you slowly work up to wearing your hearing aids all day long, you may find yourself feeling fatigued or overstimulated. If you need to take a break and take your hearing aids out for a few minutes, go ahead and do so.
4. Attend Follow-Up Appointments
After your audiologist initially programs your hearing aid, you may find that it needs to be tweaked, like if the slam of a car door is uncomfortably loud or speech is still too quiet. Your audiologist can take care of this during your follow-up appointments, as well as address any other issues you may be having.
5. Be Patient
We’re not going to sugar coat it: the rehabilitation process can be frustrating. We encourage you to stick with it, as it is worth it once you can hear well and with ease once again. Remember, your audiologist and your loved ones are there with you every step of the way. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an expert audiologist, call Davis Family Hearing today.