Hearing Centre Specialists Can Advise on Optimizing Hearing Aid Performance
Many people understand and accept the concept that it can take a bit of time before they become completely comfortable with a new purchase. A new wallet might not have the same configuration for credit cards as its forerunner, and new leather shoes can rub and cause blisters on the heels until they are worn a few times. From a health and wellness perspective, some medications need several days to reach therapeutic levels, and it may be a few days before someone get accustomed to wearing bifocals for the first time.
A parallel scenario is quite likely for individuals with new hearing aids, whether they are first-time wearers or making a change from their previous devices. Irrespective of the circumstances, it is reasonable to assume that the new hearing aids will produce better sound quality/clarity than what was being experienced prior; and if that earlier situation had been the norm for quite some time, the change, and hence the adjustment period, can be sizable.
Perhaps the most important aspect of adapting to new hearing aids is setting realistic expectations then managing those expectations accordingly. This means not anticipating optimal results instantaneously and not becoming frustrated if the transition encounters a few bumps along the way; being open-minded to a more gradual process will assist in alleviating undue stress and avoiding any thoughts of abandoning the use of hearing aids altogether.
Other actions and mindsets that will help in adjusting to new hearing aids throughout the transition period would include:
- Wear the new hearing aids every day
- Begin by using them 1-2 hours at a time
- Make sure they are tuned to precise needs
- Have adjustments made quickly if/as needed
- Get familiar with all features and/or technology
- Learn and apply the appropriate method of care
- Test performance in various settings/environments
- Choose seating that provides the most ideal acoustics
- Regularly consult with a specialist from a hearing centre
In the same manner that people will persevere until they get comfortable with their new glasses/contacts, leather accessories, or changes to their medications, a combination of the following will lead to obtaining optimal performance from new hearing aids:
To the latter point, i.e. open-mindedness, there can be considerable benefit in consulting with a hearing centre specialist such as a trained professional from Bravo Hearing Centre in Toronto. Such counseling could be helpful in accelerating the period of adjustment to new hearing aids; based on years of experience, the hearing loss specialists from Bravo Hearing Centre can provide guidance and opinions on optimizing the performance of the devices that may not be readily apparent to/routinely practiced by the wearer.
Toronto Hearing Centre Offers Full Range of Services for Hearing Aid Wearers
In addition to patient counseling, Bravo Hearing Centre offers patients from Toronto and the GTA a comprehensive range of hearing services, including:
- Hearing tests
- Hearing aid evaluations
- Hearing aid sales and fittings
- Dispensing and follow-up care
- Counseling for family members
- Minor repairs (performed onsite)
- In-home or in-hospital patient visits
- Accessories/assistive listening devices
For further information on the full range of hearing services available from the specialists at Bravo Hearing Centre, please visit our Hearing Services page.
If you are experiencing some difficulties adjusting to your new hearing aids, professional counseling from a hearing aid specialist may help alleviate any anxiety or concerns. Call Bravo Hearing Centre today at 416-207-9711 for an appointment to speak with one of our hearing centre specialists about ways to get optimal performance from your hearing aids.