How Long Does It Take to Get Used to Hearing Aids?

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to Hearing Aids?

It’s no secret that technology has advanced significantly in recent years, especially for devices used to improve hearing. That also means there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option for hearing aids. Instead, manufacturers offer a variety of styles and sizes to provide the perfect solution for every need and lifestyle.

Sharp Hearing Care Professionals has the most advanced hearing aids on the market. They also come with a 60-day free trial, free in-house service for the life of the device, and free house calls with an appointment to help you through the adjustment period — and beyond.

If you’re getting new hearing aids, here’s what you can expect.

Choosing the right fit

To start, hearing aids have come a long way from the bulky, highly visible over-the-ear options from years ago. Now, they’re sleeker, more comfortable, and even include revolutionary features like noise reduction and speech preservation systems.

 

When helping our clients select the perfect device, the consultation starts with a comprehensive hearing test so we can determine what’s causing your hearing loss and how severe it is. From there, we guide you through the versatile hearing aid options available today from the top manufacturers in the industry.

Examples of hearing aids offered at Sharp Hearing Care Professionals include:

You can add special features to many of these hearing aids, from directional microphones and tell coils to direct audio inputs. These options help you amplify sound in noisy environments, hear better on telephone calls, and even connect directly to your favorite devices — like the TV and music players.

 

Choosing the right hearing aid and getting the right fit is the first step to ensuring that you adjust to your device as quickly as possible.

Why hearing aids require an adjustment period

It’s easy to think that choosing the right hearing aid is the biggest hurdle when getting a listing device. However, it can shock your system when you start wearing it. For a little perspective, think about how your eyes react to leaving a dark movie theater on a sunny day. 

 

Believe it or not, you can have a similar response to hearing sound clearly again, especially if you’ve lived with hearing loss for a long time. In fact, studies show that more than six in 10 people wait longer than two years to get hearing aids after noticing a hearing problem.

 

When you have hearing loss, your brain changes because it’s receiving sounds through a filter of sorts. As a result, you need to take the right steps when exposing it to amplified sounds again to help the transition go smoothly. Fortunately, we know how to help.

Getting used to your hearing aids

When you get your new hearing aids, we confirm the fit and ensure that you know how to put them in correctly. We also program the device for the ideal level of amplification for your needs. In many cases, we use a slightly lower level to start. As you become more comfortable with the sound, we gradually increase the amplification. 

Even with the lower volume levels, sounds can still seem too loud or high-pitched. This makes it tempting to take your hearing aids out, but that’s where exposure therapy comes in. Your brain needs to adapt to hearing amplified sounds again, so you should wear your new devices during all of your waking hours, except in the shower.

 

During this period of transition, we recommend using care when selecting environments. For example, crowded or noisy areas can be overwhelming in the beginning. Instead, head to a quiet cafe to give your ears (and brain!) a break.

 

You should plan on coming back to our office within a few weeks of getting your new hearing aids. During this appointment, we check their fit and fine-tune any settings. We can also address your individual concerns and answer any questions you may have.

However, don’t wait for this appointment if you’re having issues — especially discomfort, pain, problems coping with the volume, or difficulty using your devices. We’re here to help and know it’s essential for you to like your hearing aids or you won’t wear and benefit from them.

In most cases, people with hearing aids get used to their new devices in less than a month. But if you continue to have issues, we can help find alternative solutions.

Do you need to wear hearing aids? Contact Sharp Hearing Care Professionals by calling or requesting an appointment online today.

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