Adapting to your hearing aids
Hearing aids, regardless of style or technology, can never replace normal hearing in all listening environments. Expecting unrealistic results when wearing hearing aids will only lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. Here are some guidelines that will help set realistic expectations and allow you to be free to enjoy the benefits that hearing aids can bring to your life.
- The extent your hearing loss can be helped by hearing aids is based on the severity of your hearing loss. Your provider will communicate the expectation during your hearing exam.
- The more severe your hearing loss is, the more advanced and powerful the hearing aid must be to help your hearing.
- In quiet environments, hearing aid users can often achieve a performance level close to or equal to normal hearing. However, as the listening environment becomes more complex, the gap between a person with normal hearing and hearing loss widens.
- Noisy social settings, like restaurants, are difficult for even those with normal hearing. As hearing loss progresses, it becomes more difficult for hearing aids to assist in these types of situations.
- Hearing aids should prevent ambient loud sounds from becoming too loud and uncomfortable.
- Depending on the degree and type of hearing loss, hearing aids may improve your ability to understand speech more clearly in noisy situations.
- If your hearing aids are programmed properly, you should be able to hear everyday sounds that you may not have realized you were missing, like rain on the window or your dog’s nails clicking on the floor when they walk.
- You’ll need time to get used to your new hearing aids and learn how to achieve optimal performance with them. You should expect to see your hearing care professional a few times after your initial appointment to tweak the programming and get it just right.