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.