Living With Hearing Aids

Getting used to your hearing aids

When you are first fitted with a hearing device, sounds may seem too loud! This is because you have adjusted over time to having less hearing. A little discomfort is a normal part of becoming accustomed to your new hearing ability, and there is nothing to worry about if you experience the following:

  • Hear echoes
  • Feel like your ears are blocked up
  • Notice your voice sounds a little louder
  • Feel tired due to the new sounds being pick up

Your brain can take some time to get used to these changes, but your ears will soon adjust to your new hearing aids - you just need to give them some time.

A little persistence goes a long way

The more you wear your hearing devices, the more sounds you will hear. These will gradually become part of your everyday life. That is why we have put together a specialised programme to help you gradually get used to your hearing device.

Improving speech intelligibility

The most effective way to improve the way you hear people speaking among background noise is through the use of directional microphones. There are two types of directional microphone: “basic directional" microphones which give more emphasis to sounds from the front or "adaptive directional" microphone that can identify the direction of sound sources and move their focus. Modern hearing aids automatically adjust to different sound levels. However, rather than eliminating background noise completely they will lift voices above the noise to allow for normal conversation.

Managing annoying noises

Noise comes in various forms. To help reduce the annoyance, hearing aids may act to reduce noise like wind and background noise, sudden loud or low level noises. If you have any questions about your hearing aids, please don't hesitate to contact your local Bay Audiology clinic.