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Tips for Adjusting to Life With Hearing Aids

Hearing loss can make you feel detached from your life. You can’t hear what your friends and family are saying, so you withdraw from conversations and decline social invitations. While hearing loss usually develops gradually, when you notice a difference, it’s time to ask for help. 

Our team of ENT specialists and audiologists here at SCENT - Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat can evaluate your hearing, prescribe hearing aids, and help you get used to them. We have offices throughout Southern California in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Torrance for your convenience. 

We recommend hearing aids to restore your hearing and remind you of what you’ve been missing out on. However, if you’ve been losing your hearing for a while, the return to 100% hearing can be challenging. We advise that there’s typically an adjustment period — most people need around two weeks to get used to their new assistive devices. 

In the meantime, familiarize yourself with these tips to make your adjustment period a little easier.

Get advice early

After being diagnosed with hearing loss, you have a lot to learn and will need to make some decisions. Working with an experienced audiologist is critical to getting the information and advice you need to choose the right style and type of hearing aid.  

Learn what’s comfortable

These days, hearing aids are relatively small and lightweight. That is a significant change from a few years ago before digital technology took off. Hearing aids used to be heavy and uncomfortable, especially if you also wear glasses. With these new, contemporary devices, you should be used to the weight of your hearing aids in just a couple of days.

Be ready for the occlusion effect

If you’ve ever placed your fingers against your ears, you probably noticed that the sound of your voice changes and even sounds louder. That is the occlusion effect. Plugging your ears causes a more obvious and intense change than your new aids will cause, but it can be one of the first things you notice when you put in your new hearing aids. 

Most people get used to it within a couple of weeks, but some may need further adjustments. If you have trouble with the occlusion effect, mention it to your provider during a follow-up appointment.

Learn to manage your volume

Being able to hear everything you’ve been missing can be overwhelming. The world is pretty noisy, and you’ve been missing out on the cacophony of life for some time. Fortunately, with modern hearing aids, you can adjust them to the right level of hearing compensation. 

Adjust for directional sound

Another great benefit of contemporary hearing aids is that you can block out background noises that you might not be used to hearing. Modern devices have multiple settings for various situations, from having dinner in a noisy restaurant to watching television at home. You will be astonished at how well you can hear in every situation.

Minimize whistling

Hearing aid feedback, the high-frequency whistling, used to be a significant deterrent for hearing aid use. These days, digital hearing aids control and reduce feedback better than ever. 

It’s not likely to be an issue, but if whistles and squeaks interfere with your hearing or your quality of life, let our team know during a follow-up appointment. We can show you how to adjust your hearing aids to prevent these sounds. 

Hearing aids can restore the way you perceive the world. With plenty of advanced programming versatility and settings, you can adjust your hearing aids to your specific needs. Our team has extensive experience in fitting people with hearing aids and helping you get used to them. 

If you’re concerned about hearing loss or need help with hearing aids, call our office or make an appointment online today for expert audiology care.

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