Adjusting to your new hearing aids

What can I expect in the first few weeks?

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.

Tip - Watch our how-to videos to see how to set things up and download the Beltone hearing apps. Your Beltone hearing aid also comes with BelCare™, one of the most comprehensive hearing care programs available. Learn how BelCare™ provides for your hearing health—and protects your investment for the life of your hearing aids.

 

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.

Tip - Try wearing your new hearing aids for an hour at a time, several times a day, and in different listening situations. To begin with, only wear your hearing aids at home - read aloud to yourself, watch TV, or listen to soft music. When you're ready to leave the house with your new hearing aids, avoid overly noisy places. Eventually, once you’re used to your hearing aid, try wearing it on the street or in a restaurant, adjusting the settings to different levels of background noise.

 

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.

Tip - Family or friends can help you strike the right balance so you'll know how you sound in conversations. Practice speaking aloud to one or two people in a quiet environment at home before engaging in large group conversations. If you continue to notice the echo of your own voice, get your hearing aids adjusted until it sounds right.


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.

Tip - Commit to wearing your hearing aid every day, even if only for an hour. The more you wear the device, the easier it will become to ignore these physical sensations.

 

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.

Tip - Visit your hearing care professionals for a follow-up visit about two to four weeks after you get your new hearing aids in order to fine-tune them. For many, it takes several adjustments to get it right.

 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.

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