Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids
Millions of people wear hearing aids.
While some get used to their new instruments on Day One, others need a short period of adjustment.
When you first put on a pair of hearing aids, be ready to:
- Hear sounds you've been missing, such as faucets, ticking clocks, footsteps, children's voices, laughter, traffic noise, etc.
- Feel something new in, or around, your ear
- Hear the sound of your own voice, as well as, internal sounds, such as swallowing
- Re-learn to speak at a comfortable volume
Slowly but surely, the world will start to sound “in balance”. In fact, after a couple of weeks, first-time hearing aid wearers report the joy of hearing chirping birds, laughing children, and rain on the roof-and are no longer aware of insignificant sounds.
Most hearing care professionals recommend a visit about two to four weeks after you get your new hearing aids in order to fine-tune them.
Wearing a device in your ear
If your hearing aids are the custom fit style made from a mold of your ear canal, they should fit comfortably. However, it still may take a few weeks to stop noticing them. If you're wearing a “receiver in ear” (RIE) hearing aid, your adjustment period may be shorter because it's an “open fit.” Slight tenderness is not unusual, but should disappear within a week or so. Under no circumstances should your hearing aids cause pain.
Perception of your own voice
When a person puts on hearing aids for the first time, their voice may sound louder than they're used to. Family or friends can help you strike the right balance so you'll know how you sound. It also takes time to get accustomed to “internal” sounds, such as chewing and swallowing.
Practice makes perfect
The adjustment process can take a few weeks, but millions of happy hearing aid wearers will tell you that hearing well again makes it all worthwhile. So, take the plunge! And then, take your time. Soon, you'll love how well you hear and forget all about your hearing aids.
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