Expect a period of adjustment
• In most cases hearing loss develops slowly over time, this often means that you are not aware of all the sounds that you have been missing out on.
• It takes time for the brain to readjust to these sounds and everything can sound quite loud at first. Be patient and persist. It will get easier.
• It also takes time to learn how to use and maintain your hearing aids. Again, be patient and persist. The benefits of better hearing will make it worth
1. Expect your voice to sound different
• It is normal for your voice to sound strange to you initially. You should adjust to this over the next few days. If this continues to bother you, let
your audiologist know.
2. Expect the aids to be comfortable:
• It can take a while to get used to having something in your ears and you may find the hearing aids irritating at first, but after a week you should be
able to wear the aids all day without discomfort. If you continue to experience irritation, let your audiologist know.
3. Expect to hear well, but not perfectly, in quiet one-to-one situations and most small group settings
• Your hearing aids will amplify sound so speech will become comfortably loud.
• You should be able to hear most of what is said without having to watch a person's lips all the time. However, even people with normal hearing watch
the person speaking in order to gain more information!
• Even when wearing the hearing aids, you should combine your vision and your hearing to maximize your benefits from the hearing aids.
4. Expect to have difficulty hearing in noisy situations
• Background noise is a nuisance for everyone, even normal hearing individuals. Sophisticated hearing aids can help by reducing background noise, but even
the most sophisticated hearing aids cannot eliminate background noise.
• Your ability to hearing better in background noise will improve significantly over the first 6 months if you wear your hearing aids all day, every day.
5. Your hearing aids may whistle or squeal (feedback) under some circumstances
• It is normal for your hearing aids to squeal when they are cupped in your hands – this is a good sign they are working. It is also normal for them to
squeal when you are putting them in your ears, however once they are comfortably in place you should be able to wear them without squealing.
6. Expect repairs
• Hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated devices being inserted in the ear canal where moisture and cerumen are present. Daily cleaning will allow you
to avoid the majority of repairs.
7. Most importantly, expect to enjoy the sounds of life again!
• Your hearing aids are a key ingredient to staying active and improving the quality of your life. Adapted from: Allen, R. (2002). Hearing Aids: Reasonable
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