When you first start wearing hearing aids, things are going to sound different—most in a good way, like finally being able to hear the birds singing, but some in a bad way, like your own voice sounding too loud or the clock constantly ticking. This is completely normal. With time and exposure to the sound of your new hearing aids, your brain will relearn how to prioritize sounds and you will be able to focus what you want to hear effortlessly.
Using a hearing aid takes practice, so don’t get frustrated if everything doesn’t sound perfect right away! Many of our first time customers find that wearing their hearing aids for 30 to 60 minutes a day at the start and then gradually working up to wearing them all day over the course of a few weeks helps ease the transition. Here are a few tips to help you get comfortable with your new hearing aids.
Finding a Comfortable Hearing Aid Volume
To adjust to your new hearing aids as quickly as possible, it’s important to find the right volume for your hearing—too quiet and you won’t be able to hear, too loud and you might be overwhelmed by the sounds around you.
A great way to initially set the volume on your hearing aid is to sit down with a friend in a small, quiet room. Adjust the volume on your hearing aid until their conversational voice is at a comfortable level that you can still hear. Setting the volume to a quiet, one-on-one conversation creates a nice baseline. From there, you can make further adjustments as you experience what sounds right to you.
With the easy-to-use volume controls on your hearing aids, it can be tempting to crank up the volume whenever you have trouble hearing something perfectly or miss a word in the conversation. Remember, when you turn up the volume, everything gets louder. If your brain isn’t adjusted to the increased volume, you may find yourself having more trouble deciphering what you want to hear from the background noise.
Don’t forget that even people with normal hearing have trouble catching every word in loud restaurants. Give yourself time to find the volume that sounds the best to you and stick with it.
Selecting the Right Tip for Your Ear Canal
Like shoes, fit is everything with hearing aid tips. A good fit is critical for not only comfort, but also for quality sound with minimal feedback.
The open ComfortTIP that comes assembled on your hearing aid allows natural sound and helps prevent that plugged up feeling. If you’re getting too much feedback, or you’re not able to achieve an optimal fit after a few days of experimenting with this tip, please contact MDHearingAid’s customer support. Our specialists can advise you on how to get the best fit from your particular model. If necessary, we can provide you with additional sizes and shapes to better suit your needs. If an even more precise fit is desired or required, any of our hearing aid models can be fitted with a custom ear mold. These can be obtained from an online store or from a local audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.
Choosing the Right Programs
MDHearingAid provides multiple program settings on all of our hearing aids. Our team of doctors and audiologists developed these programs by evaluating thousands of hearing tests to determine what amplification profiles would meet the needs of most people with hearing loss.
The specific program settings vary by hearing aid model. In general, different programs focus on different frequencies and have different levels of noise reduction. There are programs for quiet environments, for conversations in small groups, and for noisy environments. Some of our devices also feature an adaptive setting that automatically adjusts to the noise level around you.
The best way to determine which programs you should use is to read your user manual and try each program in different environments. You don’t necessarily need to use all the programs, so if you only like one or two, just stick with those. Don’t worry if the program descriptions in your manual do not match up with your specific hearing. What’s most important is that you experiment with each program and find what sounds best for you in each situation.
Don’t give up on your new hearing aids.
When it comes to getting comfortable with your hearing aids, there is no one right answer. Much like clothing, a hearing aid fits everyone differently, depending on your hearing loss and your ear size. Try out these different suggestions and be patient with yourself. It’s easy to get frustrated when it doesn’t sound perfect right out of the box, but the benefits of improving your hearing are massive.
If you need personalized hearing aid help, our customer support specialists provide free one-on-one support whenever you need it.