Get ready for big changes! If you are a first time hearing aid user, you have some major adjustments ahead of you, but the best part about getting your first hearing aid is that you will once again hear the birds chirping and the conversations of your loved ones. While hearing aids will not restore your natural hearing and you may still miss out on some sounds, hearing loss with be greatly decreased. Since most people purchase their first hearing aids five to seven years into their hearing loss, you may not have noticed how bad the problem progressed. Daily struggles to understand voices may finally diminish, but now you have to get used to putting them in everyday. Here are some helpful hints as to what you should know as a first time hearing aid user.
- If you purchased your first pair of hearing aids, make sure you always wear both at the same time to ensure sounds are properly calibrated and can be translated properly to your brain.
- You may not recognize some of the sounds around you at first. The last time you heard your car door dinging with the keys in the ignition may have been years ago, so it will take time to adjust to the new sounds. With your first hearing aid, the world may seem noisier than your remembered, but this is all part of the adjustment stage.
- Don’t feel pressure to wear your first hearing aids for the entire day. Since your ears are unfamiliar to the sensations, you may want to ease into full-day wear.
- Once you are comfortable wearing the hearing aids all day long, make sure you do take them out at night and when taking a shower. Your first pair of hearing aids may feel like an extension of yourself so it is easy to forget, but even your hearing aids need a rest too!
- Your first hearing aids may not be the best for every situation. Though many hearing aids have settings for outdoor, party, conversation, etc., you may not need your hearing aid for every moment of every day depending on your hearing loss. Test your pair in various experiences to see what works best for you.
- There will be a learning curve with volume, but don’t get frustrated when the balance seems off. While you may have blared your television at full blast before, you will find a new balance with the hearing aid. Certain sounds may come through louder and may distract you. Your hearing aid specialist can help you understand various settings to ensure you have the best possible hearing in every situation.
- Don’t be afraid to speak with your hearing aid specialist if something feels off with your first hearing aid. You should be comfortable within three to four weeks, but if that is not the case, consult a professional.
- You will have to change the battery more than you think you do. Most batteries only last three to ten days.
- What might be the biggest change is the sound of your own voice. Instead of hearing yourself speak through only your own head, it is amplified through speakers. Your voice may sound resonate which you will get used to over time.
- Finally, people may notice you started wearing hearing aids. Ignore any stigmas and wear them with pride!
Always remember to be patient with yourself and your first hearing aids. They are meant to help you, but it will take some time to familiarize yourself with their uses and the new world around you!