If you have only recently got your hands (or ears!) on a brand spanking new digital hearing aid, it is only normal to experience a few teething problems at the beginning. It is similar to when you first start wearing glasses or contacts – they’re going to take a little getting used to.
To help you try and get accustomed to wearing your hearing aid(s) more comfortably, we have a handful of tips. Before you know it, your little gadget will be your new best friend, but to get there, you just have to take it slowly.
Use It, Use It, Use It
This is pretty much the most important point we’re going to make, so it would really be worth paying attention. If you follow this tip to the letter, you should be able to speed up the process of getting used to your hearing aids dramatically.
After getting your hearing aid, stick to the same routines you’ve always stuck to, but with your hearing aid in. Pop it in when you get up, and then go about your day as normal. It would be best to only wear the device for a few hours a day, but you can soon increase the length of time you’ve got it in.
Over time, it will seamlessly become part of your everyday routine, and you’ll naturally wear your hearing aid whenever it’s needed!
Get Out There!
One of the more common side effects that people experience when suffering hearing loss is a feeling of isolation – because hearing people’s speech can be incredibly difficult in noisy environments, people often decide it’s not worth the strain and begin to shy away from all sorts of social engagements.
This leads to shyness and a sense of being isolated, but don’t worry: you should find things a lot easier once you’ve got your hearing aid! Get out there and socialise – you should quickly find your mood improving and your self-confidence coming back to you! And, as an added bonus, you’ll get used to using that hearing aid.
If you are wondering how a hearing aid could help in said situations, you should talk to the experts – at Boots hearingcare, a qualified professional will be only too happy to help you!
Turn It Up!
Because of the recent advances in digital hearing aids, your new gadget should already be programmed to serve up your ideal volume from the first time you switch it on. Theoretically, this means you shouldn’t have to make any fiddly adjustments.
However, as it is all down to your own personal preference, you might wish to make a few changes when the mood strikes you. If, for example, you’re in a pretty noisy social situation such as a birthday party, you might want to adjust things so that less of the background noise gets through. On the other hand, in a more intimate setting you might wish to turn the overall volume up a bit.
Everything is up to you!
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From the web
- Decoding the Source of Sound (hms.harvard.edu)
- Boy, 10, born without an ear has a new one built from one of his RIBS (dailymail.co.uk)
- Hearing dogs: ‘She is my ears’ (theguardian.com)