How might I feel when wearing hearing aids for the first time?

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How might I feel when wearing hearing aids for the first time?

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Summary
  • Whether you’re getting hearing aids for the first time or picking up a new pair, the process of adjusting can require some patience. 
  • The adjustment period is unique to everyone; it could be a matter of days or months.
  • Generally speaking, in the first few weeks, most people can expect to feel a bit tired from the change. However, you’ll also begin to notice the benefits of wearing hearing aids, such as recognising the smallest sounds and feeling more confident in conversations.
  • It’s normal to experience challenges when wearing hearing aids for the first time, such as difficulty with volume or fit — our audiologists can help you overcome these issues.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local audiologist for support.
  • Or read on in our Ultimate Guide to Hearing Aids.

How long does adjusting to hearing aids take?

Adjusting to hearing aids involves adapting to not only the devices but also to your newfound hearing abilities, which can be surprising. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that everyone experiences this period uniquely — it all comes down to you.

While device choice plays a role, the majority of the hearing aid adjustment period hinges on the state of your hearing health and just how comfortable your brain and body are with change. Typically, getting used to hearing aids can span from days to months, during which time you’ll be experiencing new sounds and benefits, which can be disorienting and exciting all at once.

Learn more about navigating daily life with hearing aids.

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What can I expect in the first few weeks?

It’s common to feel a little overwhelmed or tired throughout the adjustment period, especially in the first few days. During this time, the auditory pathways in your brain will be adapting to the new sounds provided by your hearing aids, just as you’ll be getting used to wearing the devices and using them in your daily life.

Yet, you can also anticipate the excitement and relief that comes with improved hearing. As your brain adjusts, you’ll be amazed to hear the smallest sounds, you’ll feel more comfortable having conversations, and you’ll gain greater control of your overall well-being. These are all things to look forward to.

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Hearing aid training: 6 tips for using new devices

While some factors are out of your control, a little help and guidance can go a long way — sometimes even speeding up the adjustment period. Here are 6 valuable tips on how to use hearing aids in the early days.

1. Check in with those around you

The first thing you should do when you get a new pair of hearing aids is check in with those around you. Whether it’s family, friends, or others who are frequently in your life, it’s important to let them know that you’re in the process of adjusting to new hearing aids. Communication is key during this transition, and it can bring about support in unexpected ways.

2. Start in quiet environments

Your ears are about to experience a significant change, so it’s best not to begin in noisy, loud environments. Instead, start in quiet spaces where you can comfortably explore the device and its features. 

3. Gradually increase usage

While some people can manage wearing hearing aids all day right off the bat, many people are better off starting small. Wearing hearing aids for a few hours a day is an excellent place to start for the first week, along with gradual increases in daily use over the following weeks. So take it easy, but be sure to maintain usage — this is important. 

4. Utilise noise reduction

Most hearing aids today have noise reduction features, which can be very helpful while you adjust to wearing them. For instance, if you haven’t worn your hearing aids in a noisy, public environment yet, you could begin by utilising noise reduction and slowly easing off the feature as you get more comfortable. 

5. Keep in touch with your audiologist

It’s normal to have many questions throughout the adjustment period, and your audiologist will understand this. So keep in touch with them, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to discuss something.

At Resonate, our audiologists are more than happy to guide you through your journey with hearing aids. Want to get in touch? Find your local Resonate studio and give us a call today!

6. Be patient with yourself

While this is the last tip, it very well may be the most important. Adjusting to hearing aids takes time. It’s a process, not a quick change. But the rewards are immense. So be patient with yourself, and create space for all the emotions that might appear during this time.

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Common challenges and how to overcome them

Are you having a tough time adjusting to hearing aids? Don’t worry; we’ve got your back! We’ve compiled some quick and easy solutions to common challenges that people face when wearing hearing aids for the first time.

The tips in my ears are uncomfortable; how do I fix this?

If you’re finding your hearing aids to be physically uncomfortable, it pays to touch base with your audiologist. They’ll be able to guide you through adjusting the device to improve comfort. And if this doesn’t work, they can talk you through different material options that may enhance your experience. 

I’m finding sounds are too loud

Your hearing aids will likely have volume controls. Try starting with a lower volume and gradually increase it over time. This slow adjustment will give your brain time to adapt to the more amplified sounds.

How do I stop hearing aid hair noise?

New users often notice a rustling sound when their hair touches the microphone on their hearing aids. As you get used to your devices, your brain will start to desensitise to the sound over time. However, if you continue to have issues, your audiologist will be the best person to provide guidance on solutions. 

My voice sounds so much louder, it’s distracting

It can take a while to regulate the volume of our voice again with new hearing aids. This is one of the more jarring parts of the experience. But over time, the discomfort will slowly ease off. In the meantime, it does help to continue having conversations with others — think of it as practice for getting used to hearing your voice with hearing aids.

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Looking for an audiologist in New Zealand?

Get in touch with your local Resonate audiologist. They’ll be happy to speak with you about your current situation and can offer guidance toward the right solutions. 

We have studios all across New Zealand, which you can visit at any time. You can also call us at 0800 737 662, email via hello@resonatehealth.co.nz or book an appointment online.

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