Depending on how you treat your ears in your life, you are likely to reach a point where you are having issues with hearing that will progressively worsen.
When this happens, you may reach a point where you decide that you need to augment your hearing so that you can function in a world that depends so much on sound and hearing.
The biggest issue with adding hearing aids to your life is making the adjustment to wearing them on a regular basis. Even if they assist you with hearing, they will not be helpful if you can’t get to the point where you can wear them when you need them.
Here are some tips on how to get to the point where you are wearing your hearing aids on a regular basis.
1. Build up to wearing them slowly and don’t give up
When you start wearing hearing aids, it will take time to get used to them and if you try to wear them for an entire day on that first day, you won’t be able to manage. If you set an unrealistic set of goals, you may get frustrated and eventually give up.
Giving up will cause you to lose the benefit of the hearing aids so you are better off by starting slowly. On the first day, just see if you can manage to wear them for a couple of hours.
“If you have to, you can make it a game to see how long you can manage each day”.
2. Focus on the small sounds to start
When you start wearing hearing aids, you will notice an increase in the volume level of course, but it may be hard to focus on where the sounds are coming from.
One way to develop the detailed hearing you need is to focus on listening in a quiet space so that you can adjust to the small sounds that surround us. You may have lost track of them, and taking some time to reconnect to them will help you to appreciate the importance of your hearing aids.
3. Don’t fiddle with the volume
Since you don’t know much about how your hearing aids will work, you want to be hesitant about playing with the volume levels on your hearing aids.
If you make too many adjustments, you won’t have a clear idea of what you can and cannot hear at different levels. Take time to understand these new tools and how they can assist you in understanding the world around you.
4. Talk to groups of people
With improved access to the hearing, you will need to work out how to listen to multiple people again.
If you are going to interact with your hearing aids in place, you will need to make sure that you practice with groups of people so you have a clear understanding of where the sound is coming from to help you with placing who is speaking.
5. Fix the volume on your television
Now that you have your hearing aids in place, you will be able to hear the tv at a regular volume, but you should ask someone to help you with figuring out what a regular volume actually sounds like.
Another way to help out with this is to turn on the closed captioning on your television so that you have the added benefit of seeing the words on the screen as you work through the hearing of the words. That way you have another reference to make sure that you are hearing correctly on any given occasion.
“You can also pair an audiobook with a print copy of the same book”.
6. Focus on some listening exercises
Taking time to focus on your own listening is another great way to explore the world of sound that your hearing aids will open up for you. If you have some time, just close your eyes and listen to the sounds that are around you.
When you listen to your world, You may notice things that are happening around you that you never noticed before.
7. Getting used to your hearing aids just takes time
As you are adjusting to your new hearing aids, you need to remember that the most important thing that you can do is to take your time and understand just how much these tools can improve your life.
As you develop this understanding, you will be more willing to wear them and make use of their ability to improve your connection to the sounds of the world around you.
Once you have started this process, you will be well on your way to embracing the power and control that hearing aids can bring into your life.