As hearing loss occurs gradually, you don’t notice when you first begin to miss hearing some of the softer everyday sounds like air conditioners or refrigerators. When you first wear hearing devices, you will notice that there are many more sounds and they may sound different from what you’re used to. It takes time, patience and perseverance to learn to listen again. The brain is suddenly getting a lot more information than it’s used to, so it needs time to adjust. The more you wear your hearing instruments, the better your brain will get used to the extra information it’s receiving and the more benefit you will get from your hearing aids.
Listening will become an enjoyable experience once again.
For the first few days it’s best to wear your hearing instruments in quiet, familiar environments. Start by wearing them for a few hours the first day and gradually wear them for longer periods of time. Listen to and familiarize yourself with the sounds around you. Sounds like fans, clocks, running water and eating will sound loud initially, but you will get used to them. If your instruments have manual controls, practice using them. Once you are comfortable, wear your hearing devices in noisy situations such as restaurants or shopping centres.
Hearing aids are programmed to suit your individual hearing loss. It’s common to require a number of tuning appointments as your brain becomes accustomed to the extra input.