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Tanya is being fitted for a new pair of hearing aids by her hearing specialist. And it’s causing her some level anxiety. Her anxiety isn’t actually that bad. But hearing aids are new to her, and she’s a little worried that she will feel uncomfortable with a high tech gadget inside of her ear canal, especially since she’s never been a big fan of earbuds or earplugs.

These worries are not unique to Tanya. Fit and overall comfort are concerns for many first time hearing aid users. Tanya wants to wear her hearing aid. She’s anticipating hearing her son’s music and listening to her television at a volume That won’t cause problems with the neighbors. But how comfortable are those hearing aids going to be?

Adapting to Hearing Aids For The First Time

So, are hearing aids uncomfortable? The short answer is: some people find them to be a bit uncomfortable at first. Early comfort levels will vary because, as with many things in life, there’s a period of adjustment. But you will get more comfortable over time as you get accustomed to your hearing aids.

Knowing that these adjustments will occur can help ease some of the concerns. Knowing what you should expect will help your adjustment period be smoother.

There are two stages to your adjustment:

  • Getting used to a hearing aid in your ear: Your hearing specialist might recommend that you begin gradually wearing your hearing aids so you can have a little time to get accustomed to how the device feels in your ear. Even so, there shouldn’t be any pain involved. You should speak with your hearing specialist if your hearing aid is causing pain.
  • Becoming accustomed to an improved sound quality: In some cases, it may be the sound quality that you have to adapt to. If you’re like the majority of people, you put off on getting hearing aids, and you’re not used to hearing a complete range of sounds anymore. It may sound a little loud at first or there may be frequencies of sound your not accustomed to hearing. Initially, this can be disruptive. One of our readers complained, for instance, that he could hear his hair scraping against his coat when he moved his head. This isn’t unusual. After a few weeks, your brain will block out the noises you don’t want to tune in to.
  • In order to better your general comfort and hasten the adjustment period, consult your hearing specialist if you are having trouble with the physical placement or sound quality of your hearing aids.

    How Can I Increase The Comfort of My Hearing Aids?

    Fortunately, there are a few techniques that have proven to be quite effective over the years.

    • Practice: The world may sound just a little bit different after you get your hearing aids. And it might take some time for your ears to adapt, particularly when it comes to speech. There are many exercises (reading along with an audiobook or watching TV with the closed captions on) that can help you get better at this a little faster.
    • Start slow: You don’t have to use your hearing aids 24/7 right away. You can gradually work your way up to it. Start by wearing your hearing aid for one to four hours a day. Ultimately, you will be wearing your hearing aids all day, when you get comfortable with them.
    • Get the right fit: Fitting your ears comfortably is what hearing aids are designed to do. It could take a few visits with your hearing specialist to get everything functioning and just the right fit. You may also want to consider a custom fit hearing aid for maximum comfort and effectiveness.

    Making Your Hearing Aids More Comfortable

    Your hearing aids may feel a little awkward for the first few days or weeks. But the faster you adapt to your new hearing aids, the faster they’ll become a comfortable part of your everyday life. In order to make that transition, it’s essential that you wear them every day.

    Before you know it, you’ll be thinking about is having good conversation with friends.

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    The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.