Research shows that it takes time to adapt to new hearing aids. This adaptation process may take a few weeks to a few months. During this time, the brain gradually ‘re-wires’ itself to get used to hearing sounds in a new way. Your audiologist may make adjustments to your hearing aids during this time. Since this is a gradual process, we recommend that you follow the guidelines below to assure success with your new hearing aids. Remember, practice and patience are very important when adapting to new hearing aids.
PHASE ONE: Weeks 1 to 2
- Practice inserting and removing your aids.
- If provided, practice adjusting the volume control to comfortable levels.
- Wear your hearing aids in quiet familiar surroundings.
- Try to identify different sounds.
- Remove the hearing aids for a short time if you feel nervous or tired.
- Practice listening to one or two people. Watch lips and gestures.
- Pay attention to how your hearing aids feel in your ears. Report any discomfort because adjustments can be made.
- Read any accompanying operation guides and literature.
PHASE TWO: Weeks 3 to 4
- Gradually begin wearing the hearing aids in different environments, such as an automobile or grocery store.
- Sit where it is easiest to hear in church or meetings. Remember that even people with normal hearing will have difficulty hearing in these situations.
- Practice concentrating on a single voice in background noise.
- Gradually lengthen the time you wear your hearing aids each day.
- Experiment with the telephone for the best reception. There are many options for telephone use.
- Pay attention to the new way things sound.
- Remember that adjustments can be made if necessary.
- Enjoy yourself
Remember that the guidelines above may be modified to your individual needs. As always, if you have any difficulties or questions, contact us.