Congratulations! By investing in hearing aids, you’ve just invested in a future full of sounds, communication, and comfort.
That said, you may be a little unsure as to how your new life wearing hearing aids will be. You might be wondering how your new devices will make you feel or how long it will take before they feel second nature. For that, we’re glad you’re here, as we can help you understand what the next few weeks/months will be like.
So, here are 6 things that you can expect from your new, improved life as a hearing aid wearer…
It Takes A Little While To Adjust
As you’re fully aware, your hearing aids will not cure your hearing loss, but they will definitely improve it. In order to do that, your hearing aid needs to get comfortable and fit alongside the other parts of your ears so the harmonious marriage can begin.
This can feel strange at first, as your brain has to adapt to the sudden amplification of sounds, and depending on your level of hearing loss, it can take a few weeks for your brain to do this.
Just to reassure you, this isn’t painful, and you don’t have to actively do anything to help the process along. But, you may feel temporarily and ever so slightly out of sorts until your brain fully adjusts.
Certain Sounds May Feel A Bit Loud At First
So, now you know that your brain needs a little time to adjust, it won’t be a surprise to learn that this is the same for some sounds too. This is because a rush of sounds will be coming at your brain from all different angles, sounds that you may not have been picking up before.
But this isn’t anything to be concerned about, as digital hearing aids should be pre-programmed to ensure the sound levels you experience are comfortable and safe for your ears,
It’s possible you’ll struggle to distinguish background noise at first, but again, nothing to worry about, as your brain is smart and will catch up before you even know it.
You Might Need To Readjust Them Slightly
Getting your hearing aid to fit perfectly takes practice and is often tricky to do for the first time, but once it’s achieved, you’ll find it’s much easier to do going forward. If you continue to feel discomfort or the sound quality is compromised, it may be worth getting a Hearing Specialist to take a look at your ear canal and make sure it’s not blocked with excess wax.
At no point should you feel pain. However, in the unlikely event that this occurs, you’re welcome to speak to us, and we’ll talk you through it.
Enjoy Not Having To Ask For Repeats!
Saying “Sorry, can you repeat that?” may very well have become annoying for you in the years and months leading up to your new hearing aid investment. Now, you can enjoy not having to ask that anymore, as your new devices will give you access to the crisp, clear sounds that you were once used to.
Be Prepared For A Brilliant Confidence Boost
You’ve been through a lot, and you’re bound to have taken a knock through the process of discovering your hearing loss. The least your new device can do is help you to regain some of that confidence back, and we’re glad to tell you that’s exactly what you should expect. Hopefully, you won’t feel overwhelmed in noisy places, and you’ll be able to enjoy conversations, music, nature, and more once again.
People May Or May Not Notice Them
But do you know what, if they do, who cares anyway? Hearing aids are very common and do not warrant a stop and stare reaction. If you feel self-conscious in any way, remind yourself of their purpose and smile in the knowledge that you’ve actively done something to improve the quality of your life.
Ultimately, it’s going to take a few weeks for you to fully welcome your new hearing aids into the family. But just like anything in life, with a little adjustment and positivity, you’ll soon see them as an integral part of enjoying a fuller, more quality life.
If, for any reason, you don’t take to your hearing aids (i.e., they’re uncomfortable or don’t seem to work properly), don’t worry. It’s easily fixable.
Just give us a call at one of our local offices, and we’ll book you in to see one of our friendly Hearing Instrument Specialists who will see you right away.
We hope this has been useful to you.
Now go and enjoy your new, enhanced hearing – sing, shout, whatever, just enjoy!
From your friends at Absolute Hearing Aid Center, LLC