When you are first fitted with a hearing aid, you might hear a little too much! This is because you have adjusted over time to having less hearing. Now that your ability to hear has been enhanced, your brain needs to re-learn sounds. What you have come to know as ‘normal’ will suddenly and dramatically change for the better. But it can take some getting used to. So stick at it, and enjoy the benefits.
The more you wear your hearing aids, the quicker you will get used to them. So try to wear them as often as possible. You may be happy to wear them all day from the beginning, or for just a few hours to start with slowly increasing each day.
Some people are able to try their devices in all situations from day one, while other are more comfortable to start somewhere quiet before attempting noisy places. But everyone takes longer to get used to wearing hearing aids in noisy environments.
People with normal hearing only hear 75% of conversations when there is background noise. Someone with a hearing loss will hear much less – even with the best hearing aids. Your device will help adjust the noise level to make it more comfortable for you. But you’ll also need to make some simple adjustments yourself:
You’ll be able to hear many sounds you’ve been missing. So you could suddenly be more aware of the:
Over time, your brain will readjust to these sounds so you won’t notice them as much.
A sudden loud burst of sound is enough to make anyone jump, even if they have perfect hearing. Your devices have been set up so these sounds won’t cause any damage to your hearing. But if particular loud sounds are a concern for you, remember to tell your Audiologist or Audiometrist.
If you have any questions about your hearing aids, please get in contact with your local clinic.