In other articles in this section, we gave advice on how to get used to the sound of new hearing aids. But it’s also important to get used to how they feel. Most likely, you’ve never worn anything on or in your ear all day everyday, so it makes sense that there would be a learning curve to that, too.
Like new shoes, new hearing aids might feel uncomfortable the first few days you wear them. You are aware of them on your head or in your ears, your ears may itch, sweat or just feel different with the hearing aids on.
Depending on what style of hearing aid you’re wearing, there are different things to adjust to.
Custom hearing aids are molded to fit in your specific ear. Having something in your ear for the first time can feel strange. But if you have physical discomfort, pain or a rub spot, you should tell your hearing professional right away. Many times, they can modify the aid right in the office and ensure the fit is comfortable.
Standard hearing aids rest behind your ear, with a tube/wire connected to an ear bud that inserts in your ear. Ear buds come in multiple sizes. If the bud is physically uncomfortable, your hearing professional can change the size of the bud to fit more comfortably. Or, they may recommend a custom mold to provide more comfort and a more secure fit.
Your hearing professional should also make sure that the tube/wire is the correct length. It shouldn’t be too short or too long. They can modify the length and shape if it is bothersome after a week or two.
If the hearing aids are uncomfortable when you put them on, make sure they are inserted correctly. Putting them on in front of a mirror those first few days helps you see if they are worn correctly.
If your ears itch from wearing the hearing aids, check with your professional about using a product that can be placed on the earbud or mold to decrease the itchy feeling inside your ear. Your hearing professional can show you how to use it without damaging your hearing aids. It is important to use it correctly or the speaker of the hearing aid could be damaged.
The reality is that you do have something in your ears, so feeling them there is normal. But if you give it time and break them in, not feeling them should be normal soon.
If you encounter any concerns, let your hearing healthcare professional know. They can adjust them, provide additional tips, or try alternatives with you. If, on rare chance, you experience more severe reactions like swelling or discharge, contact your doctor.