New to
hearing aids

Hearing aids can make a significant impact on your quality of life, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It can take up to six months to get used to newly regained sounds, but these tips can help you adjust when you’re new to hearing aids.

5 tips

to help you adapt to your new hearing aid


1. 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. 

2. Practice sounds

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 aids 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. 

3. Be patient

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.

4. Rest

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.

5. Hearing care professional

Let him or her know if you have issues hearing, or if you feel any pain or discomfort, so that your hearing aids can be fine-tuned for a more comfortable fit. 

Care and maintenance

It’s important to get rid of any dust, earwax, dirt, oil or other debris that can block incoming sounds or damage the components of your new hearing aids. When you’re new to hearing aids, it is a good idea to read your device’s cleaning instructions carefully or consult your hearing care professional. You can also view our maintenance & troubleshooting page for help with your ReSound hearing aids.
Maintenance & troubleshooting
Hearing care professional fixing a hearing aid.

Do

 
Clean your hearing aids daily with a soft, dry cloth or proper cleaning tools.

 
Have your hearing aids professionally cleaned regularly.

 
Store your hearing aids in a dehumidifier or cool, dry place with the battery compartment open.

 
Store your hearing aids away from direct sunlight or heat sources.

 
Protect your hearing aids from perspiration, oils, hair spray, perfumes and hair products.

 
Turn off hearing aids when not in use and remove the battery if not used for a longer period of time.

Don't

 
Insert any instrument into the hearing aids other than provided cleaning tools.

 
Attempt to repair your hearing aids yourself.

 
Expose your hearing aids to moisture or humidity.

 
Expose your hearing aids to excess heat.

 
Wear your hearing aids during your hygiene routine.

 
Forget to visit your hearing care professional for routine maintenance.