Ask the expert: How do I get used to wearing my hearing aids?

Last update on Sep, 01, 2022

Today’s Question:

“I recently got hearing aids for the first time. I’m really enjoying hearing all the sounds that I was missing, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Will it always be that way, or are there steps I can take to get used to my new hearing aids?” 

Dr. Meyer’s Answer:

Getting used to new hearing aids is a process. In fact, it usually takes 4-6 weeks to adjust to your new hearing aids. You may be tempted to stop wearing them or to wear them ‘only when you need them’, but there are many reasons why you should stick with it.

Your brain needs constant sound stimulation to get used to your hearing aids. By wearing your hearing aids regularly, you get the opportunity to ‘train’ your brain with quiet sounds like a car going by in the distance, the hum of the air conditioning, or the whirl of the washing machine. When your ears and brain get used to hearing those little everyday sounds, they’ll be better equipped to handle more challenging listening situations like having a conversation at a busy restaurant.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the new sounds, remember that hearing loss typically comes on gradually, and you’ve likely spent years developing hearing loss. It’s going to take a bit of time to get used to hearing the full range of sounds again. But that may not be the only reason you’re hesitant to wear your hearing aids. 

3 common reasons that people don’t wear their hearing aids:

1. They aren’t fitted well

Audiologist helping patient
If your hearing aids aren’t fitted well and you feel like your hearing aids are too loud or quiet, visit your provider to troubleshoot. It helps to give your provider the specifics of what is troubling you so that they can make the proper adjustments. Remember, there are no silly questions!

2. You don’t know how to use them

Today’s hearing aids are more sophisticated than ever. With smartphone connection, you have the power to control and adjust your hearing aids to meet your needs. But there is a learning curve to figuring out how to use these features and depending on your level of comfort with new technology, it may take a while to learn how to use these features. Your provider can help you navigate setting up your hearing aids to best meet your lifestyle and comfort level with the technology. Also, if you have the new Amplifon hearing aids, you can use the in-app tutorials or set up a virtual meeting with a remote care advocate for help!

3. You feel insecure about wearing hearing aids

Sometimes, accepting that you need hearing aids is half the battle. You may be worried that your hearing aids will make you look old, or about what your friends, family, or co-workers will think. Remind yourself that hearing aids are a key aspect of your journey back to reconnection and good hearing health.

Tips to help you on your journey to better hearing:

1. Stick with it

Don't give up!

Though adjusting to your hearing aids may not be easy at first, the more you wear them, the easier it will get. Don’t give up! Pretty soon, putting your hearing aids on in the morning will be as routine as your morning cup of coffee or tea. 

2. Train your ears

Think of it like exercising

Learning to hear again is just like working a muscle  ̶̶  you won’t get stronger if you only work out occasionally. Consistency is key to successfully adjusting to your hearing aids. Try this hearing exercise: On day one, wear them an hour, the second day you wear them two hours and slowly work up to 8 to 10 hours a day.

3. Set goals

If you are experiencing problems with your hearing aids or are still having a hard time adjusting, your provider is your trusted partner in your path to better hearing – don’t hesitate to reach out to them! If you don’t already have a hearing care provider, you can use resources like Amplifon’s hearing clinic locator to find a clinic near you and request an appointment. 

Ask the Expert

Carrie Meyer


Dr. Meyer brings more than 30 years of clinical experience to Amplifon, where she leads quality initiatives and manages clinical oversight.

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