Hearing aids can help so much with recovering your hearing, but there are some common side effects that can be difficult to deal with for a new hearing aid user.
To help you overcome these common issues, our hearing aid specialists have some advice you can start using today.
Everything Sounds So Loud
One of the more common side effects of hearing aids is that everything sounds so loud to the new user. This issue is likely due to the fact that hearing loss is a gradual process and you become acclimated to the fact that many background noises have disappeared from your hearing. Once you have a greater hearing range thanks to hearing aids, it can be alarming how loud sounds can seem.
To correct this issue, it is important to wear the hearing aids and not avoid them. If the sounds are too much, you can lower the volume on your hearing aids and work up to wearing them longer.
For instance, for the first few days, stick to wearing your hearing aids for 8 hours straight, then add a couple of hours in the following days. You should be able to acclimate within a month, but if it is still very loud, come into one of our hearing clinics so our hearing specialists can adjust the programming.
Your Voice Doesn’t Sound The Same
We become accustomed to how we sound in our heads, so it can be odd when you first start to hear your voice through hearing aids. For one thing, hearing aids can cause occlusion, which is a plugged up feeling, as the hearing aid receiver covers the ear canal.
Beyond that, when you hear your voice through a hearing aid, you are hearing after it has been processed through a mini computer. Many modern digital hearing aids focus on providing natural sound, but there can still be an artificial sound to how your voice and others sound when using hearing aids. Over time, you can become acclimated to the quirks, and any odd sounds tend to be easily ignored.
Hearing Aids Are Uncomfortable
Wearing something in or on your ears can be uncomfortable. While some types of hearing aids are custom-made for your ears, it can still feel unnatural to have foreign devices in your ears. Much like dealing with the change in sound, it is essential to practice and wear them for progressively longer periods of time. If they are causing you pain, you should come in to see if an adjustment is needed.
There Is Lots Of Feedback Noise
When you experience hearing aid feedback, it is generally due to your hearing aid not forming a good seal with your ear. When a hearing aid is not properly placed in the ear, air can move around the receiver, creating feedback.
There is an easy fix for feedback—simply take your hearing aid out then place it back in your ear. It may take a few tries to create the correct seal, especially for new hearing aid wearers, but you should be able to stop your hearing aids from creating feedback sound once they are repositioned.
If you need more specific help with your hearing aids, contact us. Our hearing aid specialists will be happy to help you learn the ins and outs of your particular hearing aids so you can enjoy using your hearing aids every day.