Before you walk out of the dispenser's office, be sure you are reasonably comfortable with your new hearing aid. The hearing aid shouldn't slip around or hurt. Sounds should be louder than before, but not so loud that they bother your ears. For the most part, sounds shouldn't be shrill or disturbing in other ways. But that isn't to say that everything will be perfect. Hearing aids have their limitations, especially in the beginning.
The first thing many new users notice is that sounds seem strange. Remember that even the best hearing aids are not as good as natural hearing, so sounds aren't completely normal, much as a voice doesn't sound the same on a tape recorder or a telephone as it does in person. Your own voice may sound deeper to you than normal. Another reason some sounds will seem odd is that you'll probably be hearing things that you haven't heard in a long time. One audiologist tells of a patient who called her to complain about a hissing sound. It turned out that the patient was hearing the radiator.
You may also be more aware than ever before of your footsteps, your car's motor, the sounds you make as you chew your food, and just about any other environmental noise. Many hearing aids can be adjusted to lower the volume of unwanted noise, but more importantly, with time, your brain will get better at tuning it out. The more you wear your hearing aids, the more easily your brain will adjust to the changes.
Although background sounds will seem louder than before, you may find that the hearing aid doesn't do one of the things you'd most hoped that it would: help you understand all the words you've been missing in conversations. You should be able to understand more words with the hearing aid than without. If you can't, the hearing aid may need some fine-tuning. But wearing a hearing aid won't guarantee that you'll catch every single word. Hearing every word isn't necessary. The goal is for you to be able to follow conversation easily in various environments. You should continue to rely on the visual cues that you've been using all along to understand words, like lip movements, facial expressions, and hand gestures.
Before you walk out of the dispenser's office, be sure you are
reasonably comfortable with your new hearing aid. The hearing aid
shouldn't slip around or hurt. Sounds should be louder than before,
but not so loud that they bother your ears. For the... More