Your hearing aids an important investment to your hearing health, so you want to make sure that they are working as optimally as possible. Your hearing health professional is always available to help you learn how to better operate and care for your device. However, getting used to living with hearing aids can take some getting used to. Here are three tips to help you adjust to this new step in your hearing health life.

Wear them consistently

When you first start wearing your hearing aid, the sudden exposure and a new world of noise can be distracting, even a little distressing. You may be tempted to stop wearing them for a day. It’s essential to get used to them with consistent use over time. You can start by only wearing them for a few hours a day, then slowly increase the amount of time you wear them, taking shorter breaks each time. The end goal is to wear them all day (except for when sleeping or in the bathroom), and building that familiarity gradually is the key.

Increase your exposure over time

Just as you should increase how much you wear them over time, you should also gradually increase the noise levels you expose yourself to. Start with quieter environments. You might find even this can take some getting used to as noises you didn’t notice before, such as the ticking of a clock or the hum of the fridge, become much more apparent. As you get used to them and comfortable with this level of noise, move on to noisier and more crowded places. It can take time to get used to more complex audial environments, especially with sounds coming from several directions at a time. If it gets too much, you can always scale back your exposure and try again in the future.

Ensure they’re working as they should be

If you’re ever worried that you’re not getting the results you expected from your hearing aids, get in touch with your hearing health professional. For one, they can make sure that the device is correctly programmed to meet your needs for the environments that you spend time in. Furthermore, they can teach you everything you need to know about cleaning and caring for your device. Issues like dirt and moisture buildup can interfere with your hearing aids’ performance, and even cause more extensive damage over time. Learning to clean them every day, to keep them out of wet and humid environments, to take out the batteries at night, and to change batteries when necessary ensures they are working at their best for as long as possible.

If the tips above don’t help you and you can’t seem to get your hearing aids adjusted to just the right levels, don’t hesitate to call your hearing health professional. Not only can they help you use it better, but they can address potential issues, make minor repairs, and get in touch with the manufacturer if there’s something more seriously wrong with your device.