Tanya is being fitted for a new set of hearing aids by her hearing specialist. And it’s the reason for some level anxiety. Not, you know, a lot of anxiety. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s a little stressed that she will be uncomfortable with a high tech gadget inside of her ears, particularly since she’s never been a big fan of earplugs or earbuds.
Tanya’s worries are not unique. Fit and overall comfort are doubts for many first time hearing aid users. Tanya has every intention of wearing her hearing aids. She’s looking forward to hearing her son’s music and listening to her television at a volume not likely to cause trouble with the neighbors. But how comfortable will those hearing aids be?
How to Adjust When You First Use Your Hearing Aids
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? Put simply: some people experience them as a bit uncomfortable when they first use them. As with many things in life, there’s an adjustment period, which means your early level of comfort will vary. But as time passes, you’ll get used to the feeling of your hearing aids and become more comfortable.
Knowing that these adjustments will happen can help ease some of the stress. Knowing what you should expect can help you get accustomed to your hearing aids in a healthy, sustainable, and comfortable way.
There are two steps to your adjustment:
- Adapting to how your hearing aid feels: Your hearing specialist might recommend that you start off gradually wearing your hearing aids so you can have a little time to become accustomed to how the device feels in your ear. However, there shouldn’t be any pain involved. You should get in touch with your hearing specialist if your hearing aid is causing pain.
- Adjusting to the improved sound quality: In some cases, it may be the sound quality that you need to adapt to. If you’re like the majority of people, you waited to get hearing aids, and you’re not used to hearing a full range of sounds anymore. It might sound a bit loud at first or there could be frequencies of sound your not used to hearing. Initially, this can be distracting. For example, one patient reported that he could hear his hair rubbing against his coat. This is not abnormal. After a few weeks, your brain will block out the noises you don’t want to pay attention to.
In order to enhance your overall comfort and speed up the adjustment period, contact your hearing specialist if you’re having trouble with the physical placement or sound quality of your hearing aids.
How Can I Improve The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?
Thankfully, there are a few methods that have proven to be quite successful over the years.
- Get the right fit: Fitting your ears well is what hearing aids are designed to do. It might take several consultations with your hearing specialist to get everything functioning and fitting just right. And for optimal comfort and effectiveness, you might want to think about a custom fit hearing aid.
- Start slow: If you’re breaking in your first pair of hearing aids, you shouldn’t feel as though you need to wear them all day, every day right off the bat. You can take your time and work your way up to it. From one to four hours every day is a great way to begin. Having said that, you’ll want to build up to wearing your hearing aids all day, but you don’t have to start there.
- Practice: The world might sound quite a bit different once you get your hearing aids. Adjusting to sound, particularly speech, could take a while. In order to get the hang of it more quickly, there are numerous practices you can do like watching a movie with caption or reading along with an audiobook.
You’re Hearing Aids Can be More Comfortable
For the first few days or weeks, there may be a little discomfort with your hearing aids. Before long you’re hearing aids will be a comfortable part of your everyday life and the sooner you make the adjustments, the sooner this will occur. Wearing them on a daily basis is critical to make that transition work.
Before long all you will have to think about is what you hear, not how you hear it.