Getting Used to Your Hearing Aid

Getting Used to Your Hearing Aid

When wearing hearing aids:

  • Your hearing in quiet environments (one on one communication, watching TV, etc) should be improved
  • Your hearing in light background noise should be improved.
  • Your hearing in background noise is not going to be as good as your hearing in quiet.
  • Your hearing in moderate to strong background noise should be no worse than without your hearing aids.
  • Soft speech should be audible, average speech should be comfortable, and loud speech should be loud but never uncomfortable.
  • Your hearing aids or earmolds should be comfortable
  • There should be no feedback when the hearing aids are properly seated in your ears.
  • You may hear sounds you have not heard for a while (like footsteps or the refrigerator humming). This is not abnormal.
  • Be patient. It requires time to adjust to hearing aids. Your listening skills should improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification.
  • Hearing aids WILL NOT restore your hearing capabilities to "normal" or to preexisting levels.