Adjusting to a new hearing aid

It takes several months to get used to a newly fitted hearing aid. Follow the below guidelines to make the transition as easy as possible:

  • You will have been taught in your fitting appointment on how to operate a hearing aid. Start by practicing putting it on and taking it off as well practicing inserting and removing the battery.
  • Initially wear the hearing aids for up to 2 hours per day, whilst in a quiet environment such as at home.
  • Day by day increase the length of time hearing aids are worn.
  • In this period, listen to and get used to the sound of every day noises, such as boiling kettles and opening/closing doors.
  • Continue to increase the length of time hearing aids are worn and attempt to have one on one conversations in a quiet room.
  • Once you are used to wearing hearing aids indoors, try using them outside. Outside sounds will seem very loud, but you will get used to them.
  • Next, try and wear hearing aids in a noisy environment such as at a restaurant. These are likely to be the most difficult situations to adjust in.
  • Subsequently, try and have conversations with two people or in a small group. You won't hear everything that is being said but try and follow the conversation.
  • As time passes, you'll be able to wear the hearing aids for most of the day. This process takes up to 3 months.
  • If you have various programmes and features on your hearing aid, practice using them whilst in the home. Your hearing aids may have a special setting that you can use for noisy places, so make sure you know how to do this.

People who wear their hearing aids all day, every day, do the best with them in the long run. It is invaluable during the adjusting period to use the help of a family member or carer.