Despite the fact that hearing aids can dramatically improve one's quality of life, fewer than 30% of the adults aged 70 and older who qualify for hearing aids actually use them. Adjusting to hearing aids can be challenging, and this adjustment period can cause many people to abandon their hearing aids for good. In order to avoid missing out on the benefits that hearing aids provide due to difficulties adjusting to these hearing devices, take the time to learn how you can make the adjustment period more bearable.
Here are 3 easy ways to reduce the stress associated with adjusting to hearing aids.
1. Start out slowly.
When you are given new hearing aids, you should take the time to gradually adjust to them. Rather than bearing the discomfort that often comes from wearing these hearing devices around the clock when you first receive them, you can adjust to your hearing aids over time.
Start out by wearing your hearing aids for about four to six hours each day. This will prevent sensory overload and give your body time to adjust to your new and improved level of hearing.
2. Sit an appropriate distance away from the television or radio.
As hearing loss occurs, you may not notice that you begin to sit closer and closer to the television or radio. Sitting too close to these electronic devices could be uncomfortable once you have your hearing aids.
To alleviate some of the difficulty associated with setting the volume on your hearing aids for television or radio consumption, try sitting between 6 and 12 feet from your device. You should be able to clearly hear the television or radio when it is set to a normal volume setting. Maintaining the correct distance from electronic devices will help prevent some hearing aid frustrations.
3. Don't be afraid to ask for adjustments.
Obtaining the proper fit for your hearing aids is an ongoing process, so don't be afraid to work closely with your audiologist in the months following your receipt of hearing aid devices. When hearing aids fit properly they are more comfortable to wear, and this increased comfort level will help make the adjustment process much easier.
If you don't feel comfortable in your hearing aids on a daily basis, be sure to visit with your audiologist to request a refitting.
Hearing aids can have a positive effect on your life, but only if they are worn consistently. Try implementing the three strategies above to ensure that you are able to quickly adjust to your hearing aids in the future.