© Goulburn Valley Hearing Clinic Pty Ltd 2016
Goulburn Valley Hearing Clinic

Great Expectations

What To Expect When Wearing Hearing Aids For The First Time

So you have made that big decision. You are tired of struggling with your poor hearing and the friendly Audiologist has suggested hearing aids have something to offer you. You agree BUT... what now? You may know someone who has a pair of hearing aids that are in the drawer beside the bed, rather than in their ears, which does not inspire a lot of confidence! To dispel some of the myths, here is what to expect when wearing hearing aids for the first time: Hearing aids will not give you back normal hearing.  They are an “aid” to hearing, not a cure for hearing loss. You are still likely to experience some difficulties with your hearing at times. Hearing aids typically take 2-3 months to get used to. This is because your brain is suddenly processing a lot more sound than it has had to for a long time and it needs time to sort out the important bits from the irrelevant sound that doesn’t need so much attention. You need to wear your hearing aids at least 8 hours a day, every day.  This allows your brain to adapt to the new sounds it is hearing. If you only wear the aids every now and then they will always sound noisy whenever you do put them on. In the first days after you are fitted with hearing aids, everything will sound different – footsteps, car engine, birds in the trees, going to the toilet, clattering of dishes... Things may sound sharper and hopefully clearer. Your own voice will sound different! You will be hearing yourself better than you are used to. Awareness of your own voice should settle after a day or two. Hearing aids should be comfortable, they should not whistle and loud sounds should be tolerable. Ultimately, you should forget that you are wearing them. If you experience any problems, tell your Audiologist! You will almost certainly still experience some difficulty hearing in background noise. Remember, hearing aids cannot solve all of your hearing problems and in some environments people with normal hearing struggle to hear too!
© Goulburn Valley Hearing Clinic Pty Ltd 2016
GV Hearing Clinic

Great Expectations

What To Expect When Wearing Hearing Aids For

The First Time

So you have made that big decision. You are tired of struggling with your poor hearing and the friendly Audiologist has suggested hearing aids have something to offer you. You agree BUT... what now? You may know someone who has a pair of hearing aids that are in the drawer beside the bed, rather than in their ears, which does not inspire a lot of confidence! To dispel some of the myths, here is what to expect when wearing hearing aids for the first time: Hearing aids will not give you back normal hearing.  They are an “aid” to hearing, not a cure for hearing loss. You are still likely to experience some difficulties with your hearing at times. Hearing aids typically take 2-3 months to get used to. This is because your brain is suddenly processing a lot more sound than it has had to for a long time and it needs time to sort out the important bits from the irrelevant sound that doesn’t need so much attention. You need to wear your hearing aids at least 8 hours a day, every day.  This allows your brain to adapt to the new sounds it is hearing. If you only wear the aids every now and then they will always sound noisy whenever you do put them on. In the first days after you are fitted with hearing aids, everything will sound different – footsteps, car engine, birds in the trees, going to the toilet, clattering of dishes... Things may sound sharper and hopefully clearer. Your own voice will sound different! You will be hearing yourself better than you are used to. Awareness of your own voice should settle after a day or two. Hearing aids should be comfortable, they should not whistle and loud sounds should be tolerable. Ultimately, you should forget that you are wearing them. If you experience any problems, tell your Audiologist! You will almost certainly still experience some difficulty hearing in background noise. Remember, hearing aids cannot solve all of your hearing problems and in some environments people with normal hearing struggle to hear too!