Living With New Hearing Aids
When you wear hearing aids for the first time, it is important to remember that it takes time to get used to how they feel and how they improve your hearing.
Your clinician will show you how to use your hearing aid(s) to get the greatest benefit from them. The best way to start is to build up the use of the aid(s) gradually, increasing the number of hours that you wear your hearing aid(s) each day and trying them in different listening situations.
Over the years you may have noticed that you no longer hear many of the sounds of life properly, like traffic noise, the fridge, leaves rustling or birds singing.
When you first start wearing hearing aids sounds will reappear and seem loud again. You’ll need to allow time to get used to them in your ears, and how things sound, and what direction the sounds are coming from.
Don’t give up! After a week or so you will get used to your hearing aids and most people realise that hearing aids have transformed their lives.
By wearing your hearing aids for a few hours a day and building up, you can re-educate your brain to deal with these sounds. Wearing your hearing aids will also help you recognise where sounds are coming from and learn the best settings for different situations.
As you start hearing certain sounds again, you may find them a little loud, this is normal it takes time to relearn how to hear. If you are finding it difficult to get used to them, don’t panic, we are on hand to help, you can book another appointment with a clinician to have your hearing aids adjusted.
Five steps to success
- Start by listening to everyday noises in familiar surroundings.
- Try conversations with one person in a quiet room.
- Try conversations in small groups.
- Start to wear your hearing aid(s) outside.
- Try wearing your hearing aid(s) in a noisy place like a pub or restaurant.