When you are fitted with your first hearing aid, you might hear a little too much. This is because you have adjusted over time to having reduced hearing capabilities. Now that your ability to hear has been enhanced, your brain needs to re-learn sounds. What you have come to know as ‘normal’ will suddenly and dramatically change for the better. It can take some getting used to, so stick at it, and enjoy the benefits of living with hearing aids.
People with normal hearing only hear 75% of conversations when there is background noise. Someone with hearing loss will hear much less, even with the best hearing aids. Your device will help adjust the noise level to make it more comfortable for you, but you’ll also need to make some simple adjustments yourself:
You’ll be able to hear many sounds you’ve been missing, so you could suddenly be more aware of the:
Over time, your brain will readjust to these sounds so you won’t notice them as much.
A sudden loud burst of sound is enough to make anyone jump, even if they have perfect hearing. Your devices have been set up so these sounds won’t cause any damage to your hearing. If certain loud sounds, like those encountered while listening to music, are a concern, don't forget to discuss this with your audiologist or audiometrist.
If you have any questions about living with hearing aids, please get in contact with your local hearing clinic.