Technology learning curve. As with any new technological device, it may take you a little time to become comfortable operating your new hearing aids. Be proactive in educating yourself on how they work so you can set them up and adjust them as needed.
Sound confusion. When you wear your new hearing aids, you will hear lots of sounds all at once. Even if the hearing aid volume is set just right, these ambient sounds can be slightly jarring because your brain has forgotten how to prioritize them. It typically takes a couple of weeks before your brain gets reacquainted with background sounds and learns how to “ignore” them.
Occlusion effect. When you put on hearing aids for the first time, your voice may sound louder than you’re used to, or you may hear an echo when you speak. You may also notice internal sounds, such as chewing or swallowing, or have trouble adjusting the volume of your voice.
Skin sensitivity around the ear. You may notice the feeling of your hearing aid in or around your ear. If you have “receiver in the ear” (RIE) hearing aids, there could even be a slight tenderness for a week or so. Under no circumstances should hearing aids be painful, but it can usually take some time to get used to the physical sensation of the device.
A six weeks to six months adjustment period. Purchasing a pair of new hearing aids is only the beginning. In order to overcome your hearing loss, you will need to commit to acclimating to your new hearing device. Try to stay positive and be patient with yourself as you learn. If any problem persists, get in touch with your hearing care professional.
We are here to help anytime. If you are struggling to get used to your new hearing aids, schedule an appointment to check in with your hearing care professional.