So you're wearing your new hearing aids - now what happens next? You might be getting along perfectly with your hearing devices or you might be feeling a bit lost or even overwhelmed. Whatever you're feeling - it's completely normal. Here I briefly take a look into some common problems around the adjustment period and how to make adjusting to new hearing aids more easily.
Your audiologist is there for you even after you leave the clinic. In many ways, the aftercare service is more important than your initial consultation, as this is where you are experiencing your new soundscape in your most realistic environments.
Adjusting to hearing aid use - Audiologists are there for you
Audiologists have the skills and experience to support you and answer any questions you may have at any time. For instance, although some people don't need any, it is common that your device might need several adjustments before it suits your everyday soundscape. The most important thing is to keep in touch with your audiologist and if your aids need a little tweak they can do this for you - either in clinic or remotely in most cases.
Hearing aid adjustment period - Will I get used to my hearing aids straight away?
It is important to remember that everyone and every hearing loss is different and some people will need some time to adapt to wearing new hearing aids. This is even more common if you've lived with untreated hearing loss for some time. You might be wondering why this is the case. In simple terms, your brain has to get used to your hearing aids too.
Your brain is getting used to all the new sounds you're experiencing that you might have forgotten about because of auditory deprivation. In all cases, your audiologist should advise and instruct you on how to use, care and maintain your devices and hearing care success going forward.
Headaches with new hearing aids? Or are your new hearing aids giving you itchy ears?!
Coping with new hearing aids, for people, might not be a simple task. Other than being patient and excepting the adjustment period, there are usually are no side effects to wearing new hearing aids. Your digital hearing aids should be comfortable even though you know you are wearing them. Coping with new hearing aids takes time, however, there are a few problems that you shouldn't put up with. Your new hearing aids shouldn't be painful and they shouldn't make your ears bleed, feel irritated or sore. Other issues might be:
Are there any side effects to wearing new hearing aids?
If you are experiencing any of these side effects you should remove your hearing aids and contact your audiologist to adjust the fit of your devices as soon as possible. You should also see your audiologist if new sounds cause you pain, as your device's settings might need changing.
It's also important to remember that hearing aids won't give you perfect hearing, as hearing aids aren't a cure for hearing loss. They are designed to simply make you hear better and give you a greater quality of life.
Ok, I'm now used to my new hearing aids. What happens next?
When you get used to wearing your hearing aids you should wear them all the time - apart from when your showering, swimming etc. If you don't wear them consistently you can prolong the adjustment period and are at risk of not getting used to them at all.
Your brain also craves the stimulation of your new soundscape. While research is continuing, it does tell us that wearing hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline, loneliness, depression and anxiety.
Think there is something wrong with your new hearing aids?
Hearing aids come with instruction manuals for your reference and most devices now have maintenance troubleshooting features within their apps. However, always speak to your audiologist with any queries or concerns - that's what they are there for!
Alternatively, please call us free on 0800 567 7621 and we will be happy to assist any hearing healthcare needs.
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When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.