There is definitely a learning curve and adjustment period for new hearing aid users. Over the years we have heard some common things that for first-time hearing aid users struggle with. We have solutions for you. Don’t get disheartened or discouraged if you are experiencing some issues with your new hearing aids. There are a few easy steps to help you get used to having devices in your ears. Most important: keep in mind that patience and persistence is key to your success.
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When patients first get their first pair of hearing aids, they sometimes need an adjustment period. But know you are not alone – others have probably had similar experiences, and through our years in the industry, we have developed helpful tips to help you get the most out of your devices.
Remember – at Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here for you – we encourage you to call us if you are experiencing these or other issues:
- Noises sound ‘tinny’ or sharper than before. Believe it or not, your ears have actually adapted to losing your hearing over time. The tinny sounds are actually your hearing re-adjusting back to being able to hear. Higher-pitched sounds are usually the first to be lost, so if sounds seem sharp, it will get better over time during an adjustment period of a few weeks.
- Your own voice sounds too loud or strange. One of the things everyone who wears hearing aids must adapt to is the sound of their own voice. It is similar to the feeling when your ears get filled with congestion when you have a cold. Most new users adjust to this within a month.
- Background noises are amplified. One of the things that your hearing aid does is amplify all sounds, that includes background sounds. Newer hearing aid technology does work to focus of conversation and decrease background noises, but you will still hear some background noises. This also takes some time to adjust but also can be helped by temporarily adjusting the volume on your hearing aid. You will learn to concentrate on what you focus on and not get distracted by the background noises.
- Buzzing sounds and feedback noises from your hearing aid. This is most common when you are putting it in your ear, adjusting or moving it, or if something brushes up against the hearing aid. To solve some of this issue, do not turn on your hearing aid when putting it on, wait until it is in place. If this is an ongoing problem, then please bring it into your hearing professional to take a look at it.
Practice makes perfect! Tips for Ensuring Your Hearing Aid Experience is a Success
The best way to get used to your new hearing aid and they way you and everything else sounds is with practice. Understand that with a big change like this, there is a learning curve and an adjustment period. Give the hearing aids a chance during this time. Here are 5 keys to success with your new hearing aids:
- Patience, it can take a few weeks or up to a month to get used to the new sounds and the feeling of having something on your ear.
- Practice using your hearing aids, talking, and having conversations in different environments. Let your friends and family know this so that they can help you practice.
- Build up your use until you can use your hearing aids all day.
- Relearn your voice. It’s perfectly fine if you need to talk to yourself for a while.
- Be positive. Regaining your hearing with the use of a hearing device is a good thing.
Remember, it may take a little time getting used to your hearing aids, but the benefits are well worth it!
Consult with the Hearing Aid Counselors
We are happy to readjust and talk with you about the changes and adjustment period after you receive your hearing aids. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. At Hearing Aid Counselors & Audiology, we have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your listening needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations.