Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids
New hearing aid wearers have compared wearing their first pair of hearing aids to breaking in a new pair of shoes. When you initially try them on they may feel fine, but your ears will probably feel sore by the end of the day.
You will be aware of the hearing aids in your ears. You may experience itching, sweating, or simply feel different with the hearing devices in your ear. When your first day of wearing the devices comes to an end, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief. This is normal.
Styles of Hearing Aids
There are two common hearing aid styles: standard and custom.
Standard hearing aids feature a microphone and amplifier inside a hard case, that rests behind the ear. This microphone is attached to the dome, which is placed in your ear canal. Domes are available in various sizes. If the dome feels uncomfortable, your hearing instrument specialist can replace the size of the dome for a more cozy fit. If none of the standard sizes fit, you may have a customized mold of your hearing aid that perfectly, and securely, fits in your ear.
Give the Hearing Aids Time
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Being aware of the feeling of hearing aids in your ears can bother you, so it’s best to adjust to them by wearing them very often. It is recommended that you wear them six to eight hours each day.
If you feel discomfort when you initially put the hearing aids on, make sure that they have been inserted correctly. Remove the devices and place them in your ear canal again. You may coat the opening of your ear with a small amount of baby oil to easily slide the aids in. You should only use a small amount of oil and keep oil off of any openings in the hearing device.
Be Patient with Your Expectations
Give your hearing aids some time to break in. It should take about a month or two, before you stop noticing them. If you have any issues, tell your hearing instrument specialist. They will be able to make adjustments, give advice, and try other options with you.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists for a free hearing test and consultation.