Wearing hearing aids for the first time can be a significant change to get used to. Hearing aids are marvelous devices to help you regain some level of hearing that you might not otherwise have. They work via amplifying sound to the ear so you can listen to what is going on around you.
But that being said, it can be a big adjustment going from a world where sounds have been somewhat muffled or reduced to having clear hearing can take some getting used to. So where do you start when it comes to wearing hearing aids for the first time?
Talk to Your Audiologist
Your audiologist should be your first point of contact when you have any questions or concerns regarding your hearing aids. They can help you find the proper fitting and sound levels and give you tips on getting used to wearing them and handling and caring for your hearing aids. They can answer questions like Should I be wearing hearing aids always? Or do you need to clean them after wearing them each time?
Wear Them At Home First
To get used to the difference in sound level and increase your confidence in wearing your new devices, you should wear them at home first until you get used to how things sound with them and get used to how they feel when wearing them. This will allow you to get used to talking to people and how you respond and acclimatize to this experience.
Practice Putting Them On
And taking them off. The more confident you become in inserting hearing aids and removing them, the easier it will become. This is especially important if you do activities that require removing them, like swimming, or if you need to wear them with glasses or headwear too. You can get a feel for how they will fit into your day and what you need to do when handling them. For example, always store them in the case and make sure your hands are clean before handling them too.
Build up Experiences
The last thing you want is to overwhelm your senses, especially if there is a massive difference in your hearing with and without hearing aids. First, spend some time watching TV with the aids in, then talking to one person at a time before joining group conversations. This will help you to adjust to your new routine and get used to how hearing aids support your hearing in different situations.
Next, wear them in noisier environments and different situations before increasing your time wearing them, and before you know it, you will be confident in using your hearing aids, and it will become second nature to have them.
Wearing hearing aids can be life-changing and help you get back your life if your hearing loss impacts how you live from day to day. However, first, time hearing aid users need to be careful in how they react to the device and its capabilities to ensure they are able to quickly acclimate to the changes and avoid any issues moving forward.