How to Adjust to Wearing Hearing Aids

How to Adjust to Wearing Hearing Aids

January 16, 2020

One of the most common questions we hear from our clients regards how long it takes to get used to hearing aids in Fairbanks, AK. The answer is going to be different for everyone—we typically give a general guideline of about four months for a person who is new to hearing aids entirely. But in all cases, it’s important to be patient—there is definitely an adjustment period. Not only do you need to become used to wearing the hearing aids regularly and the physical feeling they create when sitting in your ear, but there will also need to be several adjustment appointments made during that trial period to make sure you’re getting the best hearing results.

With this in mind, here are a few tips to help that adjustment period go more smoothly:

  • Patience is key: We touched on this a bit already, but please keep in mind that it takes some time to adapt to the feeling of hearing aids and how to get the best results out of them. There will likely be some initial frustration, but stick with it—the results you’ll get out of your hearing aids are more than worth the turbulent trial period early on. Once you adjust to the feeling of the hearing aids and find the settings that work best for you, you’ll vastly improve your quality of life and your ability to hear.
  • Set realistic goals and expectations: You have probably been experiencing deterioration of your hearing over the course of many years. During that time, it’s likely you’ve completely lost the ability to hear some sounds, and certain background noises can make it difficult for you to hear and recognize patterns of speech. It will take some time for you to regain some balance with your hearing, even when your hearing aids are properly calibrated. Don’t expect a miracle—your hearing aids will work, but it’s not like flipping a switch. You need to retrain your ears and your brain.
  • Get some rest: The adjustment period with hearing aids will take a lot out of you, both mentally and emotionally. You’re essentially retraining your ears and the part of your brain that hears and translates sound. Make sure you find some time to rest in whatever way works best for you.
  • Practice, practice, practice: As you get used to wearing your hearing aids, the sounds you’ve lost over the years will start to come back, but your brain will still need to be reeducated to filter out extraneous sounds and focus on what matters, such as speech. You might hear some surprising or startling sounds at first, but this is just because your brain is in the process of recalibrating. You will adjust.

These are just a few tips for you to keep in mind as you go through the process of selecting and then getting used to hearing aids. For more information about how you can get the most out of your hearing aids in Fairbanks, AK, contact Northland Hearing Services, Inc. today.

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