Expect to Hear Better
Although there is an acclimation and adjustment period to get your new hearing aids to work ideally for you, you can immediately expect to hear sounds you were missing. When your hearing aids are initially fit, our audiologist will take measurements to make sure the hearing aids are addressing your specific hearing needs. This fitting process results in immediate hearing improvement and lets you start receiving the benefits of the hearing aids on day one!
Expect There to Be an Acclimation Period
Your new hearing aids are feeding sound to your brain that you haven’t heard in a while and it takes time to adjust to all the “new” sounds that you are hearing. Because you have not heard normal sounds for a while, the noises amplified by your hearing aids may be strange at first. Many people are able to adjust to this new sensation within a few weeks, but some take a few months to get really good at listening through their hearing aids. Above all, be patient with yourself and practice wearing your hearing aids every day!
Adjusting to Hearing Aids Takes Practice
Once you have received your new hearing aids, your hearing professional will provide resources to help you retrain your brain on how to process ambient sounds once again. With time and practice, you can ensure a successful transition that will allow you to go on with your life without thinking so much about your hearing. Today’s resources make practice productive and fun, with personalized websites filled with interactive games and training exercises that are clinically proven to help you achieve positive results.
Your Hearing Aids Will Need Regular Care and Tune-Ups
Like any state-of-the-art device or high-tech instrument, your hearing aids need to be well cared for to work their best. Follow the care and cleaning instructions given to you at your fitting, and your hearing aids should provide years of quality performance and comfort. On occasion, you may need to take your hearing aids in to have them fine-tuned to your needs. This is to be expected — especially in the first month of ownership.
The Benefits Are Worth the Effort
There’s no doubt that hearing aids are an investment of your time, patience and commitment, but what you get in return is priceless. The ability to hear clearly allows you to be more engaged with your family and friends. You’ll be able to communicate your needs more easily and be less reliant on others, which will leave you feeling far more confident and in control. With the ability to hear and communicate independently, you’ll also feel safer, less isolated and far more secure. Not only that, you’ll be able to enjoy things such as music and television to the fullest. The time it takes to adjust will be well worth the enormous improvement to your quality of life.