Just like with a new pair of shoes on your feet, a “break-in” period is necessary for hearing aids. They might initially feel snug but should not feel painful after wearing them for a while. You need to adapt and it takes time to get used to the sound and feel of the hearing aids. Be sure to take breaks each day. After the first week, the hearing aids should be comfortable and unnoticeable to you. But if your ears feel irritated from the hearing aids, get in touch with your hearing instrument specialist for adjustments. There are three questions you can ask yourself:
Do you need to reinsert your hearing aids?
Ask yourself if you need to reinsert your hearing aids. Before leaving your hearing instrument specialist’s office, there’s no doubt that you’ve practiced inserting your hearing aids with their guidance. Depending on the model and style you get, there is usually a specific way to insert them. Your hearing aid provider will address this before you leave. Also, you need to insert the hearing aids completely, even if they feel snug, so you don’t feel discomfort. Attempting to alleviate the snug feeling by partially inserting them will not benefit your hearing.
Are your hearing aids ill-fitting?
Ask yourself if there’s an area on your ear that is uncomfortably rubbing against the hearing aids. Contact your hearing instrument specialist if you notice this type of problem. Perhaps your hearing aids need to be remolded, or the dome needs to be a different size. Impressions may need to be retaken and sent to the manufacturer to create a new mold.
Are allergies the culprit?
Ask yourself if you are experiencing an allergic reaction. Certain earmold materials, like silicone, may be irritating. Perhaps the chemicals used to clean and disinfect the hearing aids irritated your ears. See your hearing instrument specialist if you suspect these might be a reaction to your hearing aids.
You won’t be sorry for investing in hearing aids. They will highly benefit your life by increasing your health and social life. With some practice, patience, and support, you will love your hearing aids in no time. For help with answering your questions about hearing aids, please contact our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing.