When you first get your hearing aid devices, they can make a world of difference, but changes don’t happen overnight. It can take up to six months to get used to newly regained sounds. These tips can help you adjust when you’re new to hearing aids.
Have realistic expectations
Hearing aids will help you hear better, but they won’t give you perfect hearing or restore the hearing you once had.
Sounds may seem too loud or overwhelming at first, but with practice you’ll learn to focus on the sounds you want to hear. Wear your new hearing devices as much as possible, especially in new listening environments, to better recognize sounds and learn which hearing aid settings work best for you in different situations.
Your brain needs time to become familiar with the speech and environmental sounds it couldn’t hear before. It’s a process that takes consistency and commitment, but the payoff of better hearing is worth it.
You should gradually increase the amount of time you wear your hearing aids, so that you’ll eventually be able to wear them all day. The adjustment period can be tiring, so make sure you rest as well.
Let your hearing care professional know if you have issues hearing, or if you feel any pain or discomfort, so that your hearing devices can be fine-tuned for a more comfortable fit.