The day has finally come when you can use your new hearing aids. Your experiences will suddenly jump to life as part of a newly stimulating world. Yet, not everyone who gets hearing aids welcomes this shift to high definition surround sound! When you insert your hearing aids for the first time, it is quite possible that you will become overwhelmed and even have the urge to take them back out. Rather than having an unsettling first experience with your hearing aids, why not follow a few simple steps to begin on the path to ever-greater ease, comfort, and benefit from these powerful devices?
Support from the Start
Rather than getting your aids and putting them in wherever you find yourself, take a moment to plan out the right way to get accustomed to hearing aids. At Southeast Hearing Centers, our team is here to guide you through the process. Having a professional with you when you try them out will offer a wealth of advice, knowledge, and the shared experience of others who have similarly used hearing aids for the first time. Yet, don’t stop there with your careful planning. The first time you use your hearing aids in each unique environment can offer a challenge, so consider enlisting the support of a family member or loved one for your first-time using hearing aids at home, in the car, and other places where you find them useful.
Figure out Fitting
One of the tricks to using hearing aids can be getting them to comfortably fit throughout use. Inserting and removing them can pose a challenge for some people with tactile challenges with nimbleness, especially those with arthritis. Be sure to enlist help for the first time or two when you use your aids. Having someone there to help you get them in place can be very helpful, and you may need to fiddle with them a bit to find the place with the most comfortable fit.
Practice makes Permanent
For those who are unsettled by the first experience of hearing aids, the most important thing is that you don’t give up! Just like any new experience, the first time can feel otherworldly, but you quickly adapt to these changes. If you found your new hearing aids to be a bit unusual or unpleasant to use, make a plan to use your hearing aids in different environments for a short time each day. Consistent use will help you become acclimated to your experience. You will want to try using your hearing aids in social environments, as well, but limited times may be better than full immersion. Bring along a carrying case to a party or dinner, and try using your hearing aids for a short time.
Ask for Advice
If you are struggling to get used to your new hearing aids, don’t hesitate to ask for advice from a trusted friend or loved one who uses hearing aids. Those who consistently benefit from hearing aids surely experienced some of the same things you do. If you find that social environments are awkward at first, ask your friend how they acclimated. You might discover some simple tips that will make hearing aids easier and more comfortable to use. Even if you don’t learn any new information, you will at least benefit from the moral support of a friend who understands what you’re going through.
With these tips in mind, you will find that your hearing aids become more beneficial and easier to use each time you put them into action. With time you will be able to know the situations where they are essential to you, and you will start to find it hard to imagine life without them. Just like any of the assistive technologies that we use throughout the day, we come to find them essential even if the first use was alienating or even confusing. And, of course, don’t forget to contact us at Southeast Hearing Centers with any concerns that come up. Ongoing support and consultation tend to be a component of any hearing aid purchase package, so take advantage of all the tools at your disposal to get the most out of your aids!
At Southeast Hearing Centers, we provide comprehensive hearing health services from hearing testing to hearing aid fittings. Contact us today to learn more.