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Getting used to hearing aids.

Q.  How long does it take to get used to hearing aids?


A.  A generation ago, this question referred to the strange sounds and physical discomfort that often accompanied wearing hearing aids.  Today, this question refers more to handling very small hearing aids and learning how and when to use all their features.

  Most of our new patients need up to one week to become relatively comfortable using their new hearing aids.  Their most common learning points involve, 1) how to put the hearing aids on, 2) how to adjust their hearing aids in different situations, 3) how to keep the hearing aids clean, and 4) how hearing aids feel in their ears – this resolves itself as the ear canal becomes accustomed to the aids’ presence during the first week.

  One other common issue with a new patient involves their brain relearning how to process sound.  When perceiving new sounds from hearing aids, a brain adjusts during the first 3-4 days.  A patient’s voice might initially sound a little echoey – and then goes back to normal.  Small ambient sounds might start out being too noticeable.  By the end of the first week, they will have faded back into the background.

  Your hearing center should also help you acclimate to your new hearing aids with good coaching and guidance, adjustments to the aids fit and feel, and changes to the hearing aids’ settings.