Wearing a hearing aid for the first time can be an overwhelming experience. After all, you’re getting used to a whole new way of listening to the world around you. Our SoundGate team compiled a few tips to help you adjust faster, so you can get back to enjoying all of your favorite sounds.
Tips for Getting Used to Hearing Aids
These recommendations will make this transition easier on your ears and brain as you get used to your new hearing helpers.
Wear Them Every Day But Take Breaks
Commit to wearing your hearing aids every single day. The more you wear them, the faster they’ll integrate into your lifestyle. That being said, give yourself breaks, especially at the very beginning. Over time, work to shorten those breaks until you no longer need them.
Educate Yourself on Hearing Aid Maintenance
It’s true, there’s a lot to learn about hearing aids, from caring for batteries to moisture protection. Take time to read up on your devices, so you handle them properly. My team and I are also available to answer any questions you may have.
Looking for community support? Keep an eye out for local hearing aid classes to learn about your devices in a group setting!
Talk to Your Audiologist
Wearing a hearing aid for the first time is a life-changing experience that comes with an adjustment period. Don’t be afraid to vocalize what you’re thinking and feeling. The more you can tell us what’s going on, the more we can help! Some tenderness or discomfort is normal, but let us know right away if you’re experiencing pain. Our goal is to create the best possible fit for you.
Laughter is the Best Medicine
If you can find time to laugh, that will make the process much easier. Whether you mishear a comment or can’t get over how loud the refrigerator is (how have you never noticed that before?!), making jokes and laughing with loved ones can ease the stress of wearing a hearing aid for the first time.
Above All, Be Patient With Yourself
Getting used to your hearing aids won’t happen overnight. You may feel annoyed or even frustrated during this transition period, especially when it comes to background noise. That’s normal! Your ears have been functioning a certain way, and now they need time to adjust.
As you get used to new hearing aid side effects, give yourself lots of patience and care. And ask your loved ones to give you extra TLC during this transition.
Let the Journey Begin
At SoundGate Hearing, we’re helping folks just like you get used to their hearing aids every single day. From talking you through new hearing aid side effects to empowering you with a hearing aid maintenance routine, we are your team of experts! And our week-long no obligation at-home trial period means you can wear your devices in and around your home before deciding if they’re right for you. As always, we want you to feel supported, informed, and confident during this time.
Until we meet again,
Dr. Sarah Binfet