Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids

As soon as you start wearing hearing aids your brain will begin the process of “re-learning” how to hear. Although some people some people adjust immediately, for most it usually takes practice and time to become a skillful and successful hearing aid listener.

For example, it will take time before you become accustomed to certain sounds. Since all of these sounds are new, your brain is working hard to learn them. You may feel tired or anxious, but don’t worry, this is normal. Learning to hear with hearing aids is an adjustment process and it will get easier and natural over time.
Wearing your Hearing Aids All Day
Part of the adjustment process and your success will be determined by your commitment to improve your hearing through hearing aids. So, you need to wear them all day long, each and every day. There are several reasons that you need to wear hearing aids all of the time:
  • A person with normal hearing is accustomed to recognizing all sounds, and they also have the ability to “tune-out” sounds that they don’t want to hear like the dishwasher. When you first wear hearing aids all sounds will be unfamiliar to your brain and your brain will have to relearn to recognize sounds to regain the skill of “tuning things out”. When you have fully adjusted to your hearing aids and your brain is familiar with sounds you will regain this skill. This process cannot happen if you do not wear your hearing aids all of the time and allow your brain to relearn to hearing through hearing aids.
  • Better sounds and speech recognition also come with wearing your hearing aids all day long and fully relearning to hear. After you are adjusted your brain will recognize many of the sounds in your environment including speech sounds, and this will help you to be aware of things happening around you and to understand speech.
  • Most importantly, wearing your hearing aids all of the time will speed up your adjustment process and provide you with more hearing benefit. You may never adjust to hearing through hearing aids if you do not wear them all the time, because your brain is not getting consistent hearing information.