Hearing Solutions Hearing Aid Center - San Luis Obispo & Paso Robles, CA

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You finally obtained those new hearing aids. You’re finally going to be able to get back into the groove of your social life again. Now, you won’t be missing elements of conversations or going through uncomfortable transitions. But there’s a problem: everything sounds a little bit off.

That’s because it’ll probably take you a while to adjust to a new pair of hearing aids. This can be a frustrating transition. After all, there was so much you were excited to do, and that adjustment period just feels so slow.

But there are a few tips you can use to decrease this transition period. With a little practice, you can quickly get yourself to a space where you’re paying less attention to hearing aids, and tuning in to what you’re hearing.

Start slowly with these tips

No matter how technologically advanced they may be, it’s going to take your brain a little while to get used to hearing certain sounds again. Here are a few ways you can intentionally give yourself time to adjust and take it slowly:

  • Only use your hearing aids for short periods of time at first: When you’re just starting, you can practice by wearing your hearing aids for just a few hours at a time. Your hearing aids will probably feel a little weird in your ears for a while so starting slowly is okay. As your hearing aids get more comfortable, you can use them for longer durations.
  • First, try to pay attention to one-on-one conversations: If you use your hearing aids while eating at a crowded restaurant on your first day using the devices, you might be disappointed, not because the hearing aids are doing anything wrong. It’s just that it’s hard for your ear and brain to cope with focusing on all those different voices. Staying with one-on-one conversations can help make that transition easier (and give you a bit of extra practice, as well).
  • Begin by wearing your hearing aids at home only: You’ll be less likely to experience noise pollution at home and you will be able to have a greater amount of control over the sounds you’re hearing. This will help you concentrate on individual voices.

Get added practice with these tips

Similar to any other skill (and hearing is a skill, among other things), there are a few activities that can help you practice with your hearing aids. You might even have a little fun!

  • Watch TV with the closed-captions on: It’s easy: Turn the TV on, put your hearing aids in, and enjoy. As you read the words you’ll also be hearing the characters talk, and your brain will start remembering what all these words sound like. This sort of practice will help you get used to understanding speech again.
  • Listen to an audiobook while you read the printed book: This similar exercise can also be really enjoyable. Your brain will learn to make associations between sounds and words by using this read along technique.
  • Do some listening exercise: That’s right: Sit someplace a little quiet and take in the sounds around you. Start out by focusing on the sound of wind blowing through the trees or birds chirping or nearby running water.

Improve your hearing health with these tips

Keeping your ears as healthy as you can, after all, is one of the principal purposes of hearing aids. But, as you take some time to get used to your new hearing aids, there are some things you can do that your ears will thank you for.:

  • If you’re experiencing any pain, be sure you take note of it and report it to us.: Because it shouldn’t hurt to wear hearing aids. So it’s important to report any problems with fit or any pain right away.
  • Keep visiting us: There might be a temptation to believe that once you have the right hearing aids, you won’t need to see us anymore. This would be a bad idea. We can help make adjustments to your hearing aids, keep the fit comfortable, and continue to keep an eye on your hearing. These follow up visits are really important.

Go slow and maximize your time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids

Working your way up to wearing your hearing aids full time is the objective here. Everybody’s unique but the slow and steady approach often works best. Learning the best ways to get comfortable with your new hearing aids is something we can help you with.

These tips will help you have a more enjoyable and enriched life with your new hearing aids.

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