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Tips on Getting Used to Your New Hearing Device

February 26, 2016

If you’ve recently had a hearing loss test and have received a hearing aid, you may be going through a period of adjustment. Like any new wearable device, they take some getting used to, so don’t get discouraged if they feel a little strange at first. They’ll make your life easier in the long run if you just give them a chance!
  • The first week that you receive your hearing aids, don’t try to wear them all day. Try your hearing devices for a couple of hours at first. Slowly increase the time every day until your ears become more acclimated to them. The first time you put them in, do so in a quiet area so you’re not inundated all at once with loud noises. Once you have them on try to discern quiet noises that you maybe haven’t heard in awhile such as street sounds outside, the hum of your refrigerator, or the ticking of a clock. Sit with these sounds for a while but if they are too loud you may have to ask your hearing specialist to turn your hearing aid down just a touch, or do it yourself if they are self-adjusting.
  • You may have also been watching television or listening to the radio at high volumes without realizing it. Ask someone else to adjust the television to a normal volume and see if you can hear it well. Watch with subtitles to see if you are hearing correctly, but keep in mind that subtitles don’t always match exactly what is being said. If your television isn’t equipped for subtitles you can find some videos online that interest you on YouTube. To turn the video subtitles on, click the symbol on the bottom left that looks like a sheet of paper.
  • Your own voice likely sounds different to you at this point as well. Practice reading aloud to yourself to modulate the tone of your voice. Ask friends and family for feedback on the volume. You may also want to practice talking on the phone, an activity you may have avoided once your hearing ability was diminished. Ask your friend to speak in a normal phone voice and see if you can hear them clearly. Also ask them if the volume you are speaking at is comfortable on the other end.
  • Try speaking with one person in your home to ensure that you can hear and understand what is being said. After a few days go to a more open space like a quiet restaurant or community room with friends. See how your hearing is in this environment listening to multiple voices. It may take some time to train your ears to discern various sound stimuli again. Note any concerns to discuss with your audiologist.
  • After you have become more accustomed to your hearing aids, go to a noisier environment and see how your hearing is. It may take some time but you should be able to discern voices of those close to you over the din of environmental clatter. You can also practice directional hearing and try to locate from which direction specific sounds are coming from.
The experts at Resonance Hearing Aids are not only here to help you find the hearing aid that is best for you, but they are there to ensure that you get the best use out of it as well. Please feel free contact or call 720-660-8960 with any questions that you may have. You can also check our website for some common concerns and questions as well as our information on Hearing Aid Cleaning and Maintenance.