Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first pair of hearing aids. And she’s feeling a little anxious. Her anxiety isn’t really that bad. But she’s never had to use hearing aids before, and she’s a little stressed about how comfortable she’ll feel with a high tech gadget inside of her ears, particularly since she’s never been a big fan of earbuds or earplugs.
Tanya’s doubts are not unusual. Fit and overall comfort are doubts for many new hearing aid users. Tanya wants to use her hearing aid. Now she won’t need to turn up the television so loud that it disturbs her family or even the neighbors. But will those hearing aids be comfortable?
How to Adjust When You First Wear Your Hearing Aids
So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? Put simply: some people experience them as a little bit uncomfortable when they first use them. Early comfort levels will vary because, like many things in life, there’s a period of adjustment. But you will get more comfortable after a while as you get used to your hearing aids.
Sometimes it’s just nice to realize that these adjustments are coming. Knowing what to expect can help you get accustomed to your hearing aids in a healthy, sustainable, and comfortable way.
Adapting to your hearing aid includes two phases:
If either the sound quality or the physical placement of the hearing aids is bothering you, it’s essential to consult your hearing specialist about adjustments to enhance your overall comfort and quicken the period of adjustment.
How Can I Increase The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?
Thankfully, there are a few strategies that have proven to be rather successful over the years.
- Get the right fit: Hearing aids are designed to fit your ears well. You’ll absolutely want to discuss your fit with your hearing specialist right off the bat, but you’ll also want to see your hearing specialist for follow-up fittings to make sure everything is working correctly and the fit is just right. And for maximum comfort and effectiveness, you might want to think about a custom fit hearing aid.
- Practice: The world may sound just a little bit different once you get your hearing aids. Adapting to sound, particularly speech, could take a while. In order to get the hang of it more quickly, there are a number of practices you can do including watching a movie with caption or reading along with an audiobook.
- Start slow: You don’t need to wear your hearing aids 24/7 at first. You can start gradually and build up from there. From one to four hours every day is a good way to begin. Eventually, you will be wearing your hearing aids all day, when you become comfortable with them.
Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable
Your hearing aids may feel a little uncomfortable for the first few days or weeks. But the more quickly you adjust to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your daily life. Wearing them on a daily basis is critical to make that transition happen.
Pretty soon, you’ll be thinking about is having good conversation with friends.