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Getting started

The first few days with your new hearing aids

The first few days with new hearing aids can be a big adjustment, but with these tips we hope you'll get off to a strong start. As you embark on your journey of rediscovering sound, there are a few things you should be aware of.

In the initial period, many sounds will be much louder than you’re used to, and you may be much more aware of your surroundings. You’ll also hear sounds that you might not have heard for quite a while. This is completely normal, and doesn’t mean that the sound settings have been set too loud. What’s happening is that your brain had gotten used to lower levels of sound, so with hearing aids it now has to readjust to hearing the actual level of sound again.

It’s a bit like moving to a house next to a train line. At the start, you notice every single train that passes by, but after a while your brain realizes that these sounds are unimportant and doesn’t pay any attention to them. Your brain will learn to filter out background noises, while you continue to hear voices and other sounds that are more important.

Getting Started: Preventing Feedback

Are you having issues with your hearing aids whistling? It may be what is known as feedback. This happens when the hearing aid's microphone picks up sound from its speaker, sometimes when something comes in physical contact with the hearing aid. To reduce this, avoid covering your ears. And remind your family that you'd love a hug, but please avoid bumping your hearing aid.

Getting Started: Music & Hearing Aids

Are you a music lover? While hearing aids' main purpose is to facilitate communication, many people find that they can enjoy music again with new hearing aids. Hearing music clearly may require some adjustment to your channels or other settings. Let us know if you are having difficulties getting them just right and we will work with you so you can enjoy your favorite songs again.