Your hearing is different – 10 things to expect
The first use of a hearing aid can be somewhat shocking for many people. It can take up to several months to get used to the new sound.
1. Be realistic. Remember that your hearing loss has been gradual; over the years you have lost the ability to hear certain sounds. Hearing aids will help you hear better – but not perfectly.
2. New sound picture. In general expect a different sound picture with an amplified compressed sound. You are hearing the high-frequency speech sounds again like e.g. /s/, /f/ and /t/ that you have been missing and your brain has to become reacquainted.
3. All sounds seem very loud. The pitch of the telephone, the sound of your clothes rustling as you walk, your chewing when you eat or the hum of your refrigerator motor will seem loud in relation to other sounds.
4. Wind noise, whistle noise and feedback from hearing aid. Whistle and howling – and also noise from hair. If you don’t have a volume control on your aids, they will squeal when you place them in your ears.
5. Expect to have difficulty in noisy situations. Although hearing aids are technologically advanced they can’t eliminate background noise for you.
6. Buzzing sound when using cell phone. Some people experience problems with the radio frequency interface caused by cell phones.
7. Own voice sounds strange. Hard to judge how loud to talk. And it might sound like you’re sitting in a barrel.
8. Lack of externalisation of sounds (behind ear microphones). All sounds are in the head rather than outside
9. You will experience listening fatigue. Lorem ibsum
10. Sound fitting is a process. When you become more and more familiar with your hearing aids, you should experience a near to normal sound picture. Tell your audiologist what you hear and if e.g. certain sounds are discomfortable and (s)he can adjust your hearing aids accordingly