How to adjust to a new hearing device

How to adjust to a new hearing device

If you are using a hearing device for the first time it might not feel comfortable right away. It’s perfectly normal to have a lot of questions about how to use your device and how to look after it.

In order to get the most benefit it’s important that you understand your device and have realistic expectations of what it can do. Everyone will have a different experience with their device as it also depends on the type and severity of your hearing loss.

When you first wear your device it is possible that you will hear some sounds that you haven’t heard in a long time. This might take some getting used to, so give yourself plenty of time to adjust and don’t be too hard on yourself.

At first it can be advisable to only wear your new hearing device for a short period of time. This will give you a chance to get used to how it looks, feels and works. Over time you can extend the amount of time you wear it each time.

Initially it’s a good idea to use it just in quiet areas as you adjust to the new sounds that you are hearing. Once you get used to using it, say, to watch television, then you can try more challenging environments such as shopping centres and restaurants.

In order to help you get used to your new device, try some of these tips:

  • Read any literature that your hearing practitioner gives you. This will cover all of the settings for your device, ensuring that you get maximum benefit.
  • Practice putting the hearing device on and off correctly.
  • Make notes of any issues or questions relating to your hearing device. You can take these to your next appointment.
  • Stay positive. Even if you have trouble getting used to your new device don’t give up on it. Discuss your concerns with your practitioner who may have some options for you.
To get the most benefit from your hearing device:

  • Switch off your device when you are not using it.
  • Avoid getting rain or water on your hearing device.
  • Try not to let your device come into contact with items such as aftershave, hair spray, perfume and sunscreen.  
  • Keep your device in a comfortable temperature range. For instance don’t leave it outside, or in your car. 
  • Keep spare batteries on hand as your device may lose volume as the battery runs out.
  • Wipe your device clean with a dry cloth to keep it in good condition.
  • Take your hearing device to be serviced regularly.
  • Report any issues to your hearing practitioner such as issues with performance.
  • Investigate a potential maintenance agreement with your hearing practitioner where they look after the maintenance of your device and can also supply batteries.