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Tanya is visiting her hearing specialist, being fitted for her very first set of hearing aids. And she’s feeling a little anxious. Not, you know, a lot of anxiety. But she’s never used hearing aids before, and she’s a little stressed that she will feel uncomfortable with a high tech gadget inside of her ears, especially since she’s never been a huge fan of earplugs or earbuds.

These concerns are not only felt by Tanya. Countless first-time hearing aid users have doubts about the comfort and general fit of their hearing aids. Tanya has every intention of wearing her hearing aids. Now she won’t need to crank up the TV so loud that it disturbs her family or even her neighbors. But will those hearing aids be fit her ears comfortably?

How to Adjust When You First Use Your Hearing Aids

So, is wearing hearing aids uncomfortable? Simply put: some individuals experience them as a little bit uncomfortable when they first use them. As with lots of things in life, there’s an adjustment time, which means your initial level of comfort will vary. But in time, you’ll get used to the feeling of your hearing aids and become more comfortable.

At times it’s just good to recognize that these adjustments are will happen. Knowing what to expect will help you acclimate to your hearing aids in a healthy, sustainable, and comfortable way.

There are two stages to your adjustment:

  • Adjusting to how your hearing aid feels: Your hearing specialist may suggest that you begin gradually wearing your hearing aids so you can take some time to get used to how the device feels in your ear. Even so, there should not be any pain involved. You should speak with your hearing specialist if your hearing aid is causing pain.
  • Becoming comfortable with a higher sound quality: In some cases, it might be the sound quality that you need to adapt to. If you’re like most people, you put off on getting hearing aids, and you’re not used to hearing a full array of sounds anymore. When you begin using your hearing aids, it might sound a little bit loud, or you might hear sounds that you aren’t used to hearing. Initially, this can be slightly distracting. One of our readers complained, for instance, that he could hear his hair scraping against his jacket when he moved his head. This is typical. After a few weeks, your brain will block out the noises you don’t want to tune in to.
  • If either the sound quality or the physical positioning of the hearing aids is annoying you, it’s essential to consult your hearing specialist about adjustments to enhance your general comfort and quicken the adjustment period.

    How Can I Improve The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?

    Thankfully, there are a few methods that have proven to be fairly successful over the years.

    • Get the right fit: Fitting your ears comfortably is what hearing aids are designed to do. You’ll definitely want to discuss your fit with your hearing specialist right off the bat, but you’ll also want to see your hearing specialist for follow-up fittings to be certain everything is working correctly and the fit is just right. You may also want to consider a custom fit hearing aid for optimal effectiveness and comfort.
    • Start slow: If you’re breaking in your first set of hearing aids, you shouldn’t feel as though you have to wear them all day, every day right off the bat. You can gradually work your way up to it. Begin by wearing your hearing aid for a couple to a few hours a day. Ultimately, you will be using your hearing aids all day, when you get comfortable with them.
    • Practice: Once have your hearing aids, the world isn’t going to sound quite the same. Adjusting to sound, particularly speech, might take a while. There are many practices (reading along with an audiobook or watching TV with the closed captions turned on) that can help you get better at this a little faster.

    Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable

    For the first few days or weeks, there may be some discomfort with your hearing aids. But the faster you adapt to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your everyday life. Wearing them on a daily basis is critical to make that transition happen.

    Before long all you will have to consider is what you hear, not how you hear it.

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