6 Exercises to Help You Get Used To Your New Hearing Aids
January 26, 2024

Getting used to new hearing aids can be tricky.

Although they make hearing the people and the world around you easier, new hearing aids can take some getting used to. Often those just starting with hearing aids can feel disorientated or uncomfortable with these little devices in your ears. But keep in mind, you will get used to them over time

And if you’re currently struggling with getting used to new hearing aids, we’re going to help make it a smoother process! Today we’re diving into 6 helpful exercises you can do to help you get used to your new hearing aids quickly and comfortably. Once you’ve read this article, you’ll have all the tools you need to start enjoying the benefits of clear hearing like a pro.

Ready? Let’s begin.

Note: This blog is written with Audien hearing aids in mind, but may also apply to other hearing aids.

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1. Sound Identification Game

With your hearing aids in, start by listening to the various everyday sounds with your eyes closed.

The ticking of a clock, the rustling of the leaves, the hum of the refrigerator. Try to identify each sound. Notice the details of each and the direction they’re coming from.

This exercise helps your brain associate the amplified sounds for your hearing aids with regular noises, easing the transition.

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2. Focused Listening Sessions

Dedicate a few minutes each day to focused listening with your hearing aids. 

Sit in a quiet room and play different types of audio that you enjoy. Music, audiobooks or podcasts all work great. Concentrate on the different elements, like the bassline, pianos or different voices. 

This helps improve your auditory processing skills and you’ll be amazed at how much more detail you can suddenly hear with your new hearing aids. 

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3. One-On-One Conversations

Engage in one-on-one conversations in a quiet environment. Make sure you let the other person know you are getting used to your hearing aids, as this will remind them to speak clearly and loudly.

Focus on the speaker’s words, tone and any subtle nuances of speech. If they tell you a story, try to recall the details and say them back to the other person. 

This practice will enhance your ability to understand speech and follow and participate in conversations, especially in noisy environments.

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4. “Read Aloud” Exercise

Reading aloud to yourself can be an amazingly effective exercise. 

It helps you understand how your voice sounds when using hearing aids and improves your speech clarity. 

At first, you might feel like you can hear an “echo” or like hearing your voice on a recording machine or recorded message. 

This is completely normal, and over time it will come to sound more natural.

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5. Audio-Visual Alignment

Watch TV or videos or subtitles. 

Try to match the spoken words with the subtitles. This exercise helps align what you hear with what you see, improving your brain’s ability to process speech.

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6. Group Conversation Participation

Once you’re comfortable in one-on-one settings, gradually participate in group conversations. 

Start in smaller groups and progress to larger ones. This helps your brain differentiate between various speakers and hones your focus on individual voices and background noise.

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Enjoy The World Of Sound Again

Adapting to hearing aids can be a challenge but it’s very worth the journey.

By incorporating these simple, yet effective exercises into your daily routine, you can significantly enhance your hearing experience. 

Remember, patience and consistent use are key. Happy listening!

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Has this guide sparked your interest in making the most out of your hearing aids?

We’re just getting started. Visit our website for more resources, tips, and a range of affordable Audien hearing aids designed to bring clarity to your every day. 

Whether you’re a first-time user or looking to upgrade, we’re sure to have something for you.

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Drew Sutton M.D.

Drew Sutton, MD is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He has extensive experience and training in sinus and respiratory diseases, ear and skull base surgery, and pulmonary disorders. He has served as a Clinical Instructor at Grady Hospital Emory University for more than 12 years.

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