4 Things To Know When Getting Your First Hearing Aid

It is not uncommon for people to begin to lose the ability to hear clearly as they age. Luckily, there are devices like hearing aids that can help restore a person's hearing so they can live a more normal life. But getting a hearing aid and wearing it can feel very odd and foreign. If you are a new hearing aid owner, use the following tips to help you adjust:

There Will Be an Adjustment Period

When you get a new hearing aid, one of the best things you can do is expect an adjustment period. Inserting a hearing aid will not immediately make you hear in the same way as you did decades ago. But if you know that you will need to give yourself time to get used to your hearing aid, it will make it easier to adjust.

There May Be Discomfort

In the beginning, it is normal to experience a little bit of discomfort while wearing a hearing aid. If for some reason you experience extreme discomfort, visit your audiologist to have the hearing aid re-fitted so it is more comfortable. It may take a couple of weeks, but as you get used to the feeling of having a hearing aid in your ear you will slowly become used to it, and eventually you probably won't even notice any feeling at all while wearing your hearing device.

It May Be Too Noisy

After living with hearing loss for a while, the amplified sounds when you're wearing your hearing aid may be surprising and a bit annoying. Hearing aids are designed to amplify all of the sounds around you, so when you first start wearing one you may become overwhelmed. It is often recommended that new hearing aid owners begin wearing their hearing aid in quieter environments for a few weeks while they get used to new, louder sounds.

You May Have Difficulty Understanding Speech

There is excellent hearing aid technology available, but even the best hearing aid is not able to separate human speech from other sounds in the environment. As a new hearing aid wearer, you may find that you have some difficulty understanding speech for a few weeks, especially if you're in a room where several different conversations are going on at the same time. While this is one of the more common complaints of people who are new to wearing hearing aids, this problem typically subsides pretty quickly as the wearer adjusts to his or her new hearing device. 

For more information, contact local professionals like EarCare Associates, Inc.