3 Ways to Adjust to Hearing Aids
It can be difficult to go from not hearing much or anything at all, to then being able to hear everything. It can be quite an overwhelming experience for some people and that is why many of them give up wearing hearing aids. However, there are things that you can do to adjust to wearing these devices, you just need to give it a little time. So, let’s take a look at three of the ways that you can adjust to hearing aids.
Only wear them a few hours per day
When you first get hearing aids, you are going to notice that they are there. The longer you wear them, the less you will notice them and eventually, you won’t even feel them at all. But, before you get to that point, you can try only wearing them for a few hours each day. This way, you are giving yourself time to adapt to being able to hear all the sounds again, without overwhelming yourself with a full day.
You can choose which hours in the day you want to wear them and gradually increase the amount of time that you keep them in. This is one of the best ways to slowly bring yourself back into the habit of being able to hear things, without causing yourself too much stress.
Don’t adjust the volume too much
Try not to play with the volume too much when you first start wearing hearing aids. If you can, leave it at the volume that the hearing health professional set it at. This will have been done after a series of mini hearing tests to give you the best level of sound possible. If you start playing with how loud or quiet it is, you might end up overwhelming yourself. Hearing can be a challenge if you are used to silence, so try to stick with the same level of noise for the first few weeks of having your hearing aids. Once your ears have adjusted to this, then you can start experimenting with different volumes.
Practice talking in groups
The final recommendation on our list is to practice talking in groups. This will help you adjust to multiple people talking at the same time. You will be able to pick up voices that sound familiar. However, it does still require active listening which means that you should face them when you are talking. This will help your brain to connect the dots between voices, faces and so on. It might be a little difficult at first, but over time, you will find that this becomes easier. Make sure that the people in these groups are friends and family so that you can be in an environment where you feel comfortable and not adding extra stress onto this already difficult time.