Having been in the audiology field for years now, I can attest that hearing loss can affect everyone differently. But in almost every case, hearing loss creates challenges with communication, relationships, and general wellbeing.
Due to this, you may end up feeling frustrated, annoyed, and isolated. Fortunately, you can use a few known principles and ideas to help you deal with the inconveniences and frustrations that come with hearing loss. By applying these strategies into your daily life, you can improve communication and be able to adapt to your hearing loss.
Amid all the excitement, the first several weeks with new hearing aids can be challenging, from getting used to the feeling of them in your ear, to the distracting noises often experienced with unadjusted hearing aids.
But you shouldn’t lose hope yet. The ideal way to deal with the challenges you may face is to know what common problems to expect when wearing hearing aids for the first time.
We can all agree how uncomfortable it can be having something in our ear for the first time. However, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself. Getting used to your hearing aids requires a lot of time and patience. Give yourself a few days, if not weeks, to completely adjust to the new feel.
You can spend some time in between the day without your hearing aids. If, after a few days and it’s still not getting any better, you may consider having them adjusted for a perfect fit.
UNPLEASANT WHISTLING SOUNDS
Hearing aids usually produce some whistling sounds that may initially make you feel distracted or irritated. The sounds are known as feedback and may become amplified due to mundane actions such as rubbing something against it.
The good news is that you can get rid of these unpleasant sounds. One way to remedy this is by turning your hearing aid on after you’ve correctly fitted it in your ear. If you still hear the hissing sounds, you may consider getting a hearing aid with a feedback eraser.
The first few days with your hearing aids on, you might start having mild headaches. If the headache doesn’t stop after the adjustment period, it’s better to have your hearing aids settings adjusted by your hearing care specialist or replaced with subtle and more efficient aids.
DISTRACTING BACKGROUND NOISES
I understand it can become distracting hearing all sorts of background noise whenever you’re outside. However, you can tune into what you want to hear by tuning out these background noises. If the problem continues, we can help you explore other hearing aid options.
So, don’t fret if life becomes bumpy with your new hearing aids, it will get more comfortable in no time. Contact us or request a callback, and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible!
Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas’ most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.