Posted on July 09, 2024

Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids: What to Expect

Audiologist helps patient with hearing aids.

Getting your first pair of hearing aids is a significant step towards improving your hearing health and overall quality of life. However, it's important to understand that this journey comes with a period of adjustment and some realistic expectations. As you embark on this path, here are some key things to keep in mind:

First, anticipate an adjustment period. You might acclimate to your hearing aids swiftly, or it may take a bit longer. Remember, everyone's experience is unique.

While hearing aids can significantly improve your hearing, they won't restore it to perfect. You'll notice sounds you haven't heard in a while, like the hum of your fridge, the rustle of your hair, or even your own footsteps. Some environmental sounds, such as running water or a barking dog, might seem louder than you're used to.

Expect your own voice to sound different as well. This is a common experience and part of the adaptation process. Additionally, despite the improvements, you may still face challenges in noisy environments like busy restaurants, sports events, or even during church services and while watching TV. Conversations where the speaker is at a distance, facing away, or in another room can still be difficult.

You might hear your hearing aids whistle or make other sounds when you put them on, especially if there's excessive wax in your ears. Regular cleaning and maintenance, as instructed by your audiologist, can help minimize this.

Everyone's experience with hearing aids is different, so what works for one person might not work for another. Routine maintenance is essential, and you should be prepared for occasional repairs due to daily wear and tear. Your audiologist can handle some repairs, while others might need to be sent to the manufacturer.

Hearing aids typically come with a manufacturer’s warranty, details of which your audiologist will provide. Keep in mind that hearing aids generally last between 5-7 years, and technology in this field improves every 2-3 years.

By understanding these expectations, you can better prepare yourself for the journey with your new hearing aids, leading to a more satisfying and successful experience.

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