Many people who use hearing aids for the first time are uncertain about whether they can use the item or not in the long run. Devices like these undoubtedly help you move better in a predominantly hearing world. However, as with many things in life, wearing a hearing aid might need some adjustment.
Your comfort levels with your new device might fluctuate, but you will surely get used to it in time. Here are a few things you should keep in mind about hearing aids to help make the transition period more bearable.
You need to acclimate to the sound quality
Most people who have coped with hearing impairment for a long time will need a while to adapt to sound. The device might seem too loud for you at first; stick with it and let your ears be familiar with the sensations.
At first, you might find hearing unpleasant. You might be surprised that you can hear your hair rustling against your shirt, for example, or realize that keyboards are very distracting, especially when working. Stay with the process, and pretty soon, your ears will not be so sensitive.
You must get used to the feel of a device in your ear
It can be physically uncomfortable when you first wear a hearing aid. Your hearing specialist might request you to initially wear your device only during certain hours of the day. In any case, it should only feel mildly uncomfortable and not painful.
Consult with your audiologist if your hearing aid is causing pain. Improving your comfort levels might involve several adjustments, especially with physical positioning or sound quality. Once you have the perfect fit, give yourself time to get used to the device’s shape.
You have to be proactive about getting comfortable
There are many things you can do to help yourself get the hang of your new device quickly. The cliche is true; practice makes perfect. You can do several things at home that will exercise your ear. Try watching a movie or a TV show with captions or reading along with an audiobook. These will help train your ear in recognizing sound patterns.
You should also see your audiologist for follow-up fittings, especially if you have been wearing the device for a while. If the device truly does not feel right on your ear, you can inquire with your specialist about getting a custom-fit hearing aid. If you have given the first device a run and it still feels uncomfortable after several weeks, it may be time to trade it in for something with a better fit.
You may feel some discomfort with your hearing aid during the first few times you wear it. However, do not let this bother you; as long as you practice wearing the device, you will soon find yourself getting used to its presence. Keep in touch with your specialist as well.
They will know what to recommend for you, given your particular case. Eventually, all you will be concerned about is what, instead of how you hear in a situation.
At Fraser Valley Beltone, we want you to enjoy hearing so natural it seems as if you are not wearing a device. Our hearing clinic in Langley and Abbotsford provides top-notch fitting and servicing, and our aftercare program, BelCare™, truly sets us apart. Get in touch with us today for a free hearing assessment or to learn more.