When wearing a hearing aid for the first time, or even changing to a new device it can take a little time to get used to hearing in a new way.
Hearing Loss is Slow
Hearing changes generally occur very gradually over a number of years, consequently we do not notice them day to day and get used to living in a seemingly quiet environment. Environmental sounds slip away unnoticed while the clarity of speech is slowly lost and sounding mumbled or indistinct.
Learning to Listen Again
When wearing a hearing aid for the first time it suddenly brings back many sounds that the wearer did not notice were missing as well as speech becoming clearer. It can take a short while to get used to hearing at this new level while the brain learns which sounds are important to pay attention to and those that are not.
In general it is best to wear hearing aids as much, and as consistently as possible to allow the wearer to adapt and acclimatize to their new new listening environment. There are some systems within the hearing aids that can gradually increase the level of sound they deliver to ease the wearer into their new listening level.
It is often easier for someone to get used to wearing hearing aids if their hearing loss is less severe, therefore the sooner help is sought the better. In addition if someone seeks help earlier there is also a more recent ‘memory’ of some sounds that have gradually disappeared.
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