Adjusting To Your New Hearing Aid Instruments

Adjusting to your new hearing aids is a process and may take some time. You don’t just use your ears to hear; your brain also plays an important role in your hearing ability.  When you first wear new hearing aids your ears, brain, and even you personally need time to adjust to the new sounds.  Remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Make sure to have realistic expectations when it comes to your new hearing aids. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your hearing care professional when necessary.

It does take some time to get used to hearing again.  After a while, your hearing will improve, and you will eventually forget your even wearing new hearing aids. Once you have purchased your new hearing aid or hearing aids you are probably excited but also curious as to how noises will sound now. First it is important to make sure that your hearing aids have been properly fitted to ensure your comfortable. Know that if you have both a hearing aid in the right and left ear that they may each fit differently because your ears are not the same shape but this is normal. After a proper fitting and quick lesson on how to use your hearing aids, it is time to discuss how things will sound.

First, you will be hearing your own voice. Many times people say their own voice sounds funny because they feel like their voice is echoing due to amplification. This is normal at first and will fade away once you get used to wearing your hearing aids. As far as other sounds around you, often times when a hearing aid user is at an event with loud noises, the person will turn off their hearing aid. This is so your ears are not damaged by loud and painful noises. However, many hearing aids offer users a feature that allows them to have control over noise reduction and cancel out background noises. It may take a few weeks to get completely used to your hearing aid and its features. Don’t be afraid to ask your hearing care professional to discuss the features that your hearing aid has so you can use it to its fullest potential. We recommend wearing your hearing aids for a few hours the first time and then slowly adding on to the length of time you wear them to help yourself adjust well.

Enjoy the experience of learning to hear again. Do not focus on what you can’t hear. But instead focus on what things you can now hear that you have not been able to hear. The best advice is to start slowly and have a plan, when trying to adjust to new hearing aids.  Different people adjust differently to new hearing aids. However, for the most part the easiest way is to do it gradually. Start with a limited amount of time in a quiet environment and work your way from there, increasing use little by little in louder and noisier environments.

Play with the features of your new hearing aids.  Most new hearing aids today have several settings.  Some increase the volume, other settings reduce the background noise, and some are made for the telephone.  Try the different settings, and find out which setting works best for you in which environments.  This will not only help you adjust to your new hearing aids but will also get you used to discreetly changing your settings when you need to.

Don’t forget, when adjusting to new hearing aids remember to ask for help. Your hearing specialist is there for you to ask question.  If you are having problems with your settings, inserting or removing your new hearing aids, or if you have any other questions, call your hearing loss specialist.

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Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013