Getting used to new hearing devices is challenging, even for experienced users. One of the biggest factors which influence your ability to succeed with new devices is your attitude and expectations towards them - start with realistic expectations about how your devices can help you in different situations and have a proactive attitude towards wearing them. This post will provide you with some tips and tricks that my previous clients have said worked for them.
It takes some time to adjust to wearing hearing devices and listening to new sounds. How long this adjustment takes varies from person to person. With practice and patience, you’ll be hearing clearly sounds which you may not have heard at that level for years.
Over the first few days, start off wearing it as much as you can in environments you are comfortable with (eg at home, quiet places). Once you are more confident, start wearing them for longer periods in a wider variety of situations (eg shopping centers, social gatherings, cafes). If wearing your hearing devices makes you tired, remove them and have a rest. You’ll soon be able to wear them for longer periods and ultimately all day comfortably.
Listen to the various noises in your environment and try to identify them, remembering that some sounds will seem different then you’re used to. After the first few weeks, common voices and sounds will be familiar again as your brain adapts to the new sounds and your understanding improves.
Tips when talking to people
Being aware of your environment
Undoubtedly, getting used to anything new takes time and energy but with a little perseverance and practise, you'll be able to continue enjoying the sounds of your life for many years to come. If you feel you are not hearing adequately through your devices or are still struggling to acclimatize even after several weeks of adjustments, feel free to contact our clinicians for assistance or advice.