Breaking in your hearing aids

Nikki Roxburgh - 13 June 2015

Below are some ways to make it easier or at least make you more away of breaking in your hearing aids.

Getting used to hearing aids takes time.

You'll likely notice that your listening skills improves gradually as you become accustomed to the amplification. Even your own voice will sound different when you wear hearing aids to start with.

When first using a hearing aid, keep these points in mind:

  • Hearing aids won't return your hearing to normal. Hearing aids can't restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds and reducing loud background noises.
  • Allow time to get used to the hearing aids. It may take several weeks or months before you're used to the hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you'll adjust to amplified sounds. Our audiologists always recommend that you use it around 12 hours a day.
  • Practice using the hearing aids in different environments. Your amplified hearing will sound different in different places. It will take you brain (auditory system) to get used to the sounds in the different places. Please persist and if you cannot cope please speak to your audiologist.
  • Seek support. A willingness to practice and the support of family and friends will help determine your success with your new hearing aids. Always think about the benefits you are receiving in the situations that matter most to you.
  • Go back for a follow-up. It's a good idea to take advantage of follow up appointments to discuss any concerns or if you require any adjustments. This will ensure that your new hearing aids are working for you as well as they can.

Your success with hearing aids will be helped by wearing them regularly and taking good care of them.

Always maintain your hearing aids, wax build up, moisture and not changing batteries are the most common reasons that your hearing aids might be performing sub-optimally. Please always ask your audiology clinic to check the hearing aids if you feel they are not performing as well as they were when you first left the clinic.

The goal is that, in time, you find your hearing aids comfortable and that they enhance your ability to hear and communicate. Otherwise what is the point!  We have many patients who can survive without them following these tips.