Audiologist Amy White discusses seven tips new hearing aid wearers should keep in mind as they adjust to the hearing world. Learn what changes to expect when you start wearing hearing aids and what expectations you should have of your hearing care provider. Watch the video for more information.
Hi, this is Dr. Amy White, audiologist at Elk Grove Hearing Care. Today I’m talking to those of you who have not yet experienced hearing devices and have been considering them. So, new to hearing aids? Here are seven things to expect:
The first thing to expect is that your fitting appointment should take at least one hour. If you’re going somewhere and they are fitting you with hearing aids and getting you out the door in less than an hour, chances are very high that all of the procedures that should be done, weren’t done. And if your office is not doing those proper procedures and they’re kicking you out the door so fast, your performance with hearing aids will not be nearly as good as it should have been.
Number two is that most other people likely will not notice you’re wearing them. When we ever get something new, we always think everyone can see it; everyone’s gonna know I have on these hearing aids. Chances are, nobody will.
The third thing is that things will sound different. Nothing should sound the same; you’re used to hearing with a hearing loss. Hearing aids will make everything sound different, including number four, which is: You may hear yourself differently. Our own voices will be amplified through the hearing device; you’re gonna hear yourself much louder than you’re used to, and that’s totally normal.
Number five is that you’ll probably forget that you’re even wearing hearing aids. Most people, myself included, have gotten into the shower with their hearing aids on, many, many times. Luckily, it doesn’t usually hurt them too much, but they do become so comfortable, they just become a part of what you are used to, and you’re not even aware that you have them on anymore.
Number six is you should expect to see your audiologist, or your hearing care provider, at least two to three times after that initial fitting. Hearing aids are a process; we don’t just put them on once and wear them. We have to slowly increase the volume as you get used to them and make other changes. So if you aren’t scheduled to come back to see your provider two to three times after that initial fitting, something probably isn’t quite right.
And the last thing is, of course you really should be expecting to hear better. If you’re not hearing better with hearing aids, something is wrong. Don’t buy them; return them or go and see your provider and ask why you’re not hearing better, and perhaps try something different.
Take these seven tips in mind when you go to try out hearing aids for the first time. Follow them, and things will be great.