Listening Tips

  • Give yourself time to become accustomed to your new hearing instruments.
  • If you are new to hearing aids, be aware that there are sounds, both pleasant and unpleasant, that you may not have heard in a long time. With time, you will be able to focus on the sounds you want to hear and ignore the sounds you don’t want to hear.
  • Your own voice may sound too loud. This is very common for new hearing aid users, but most people get used to it over time.
  • A quiet environment is more comfortable for most people in the beginning of the adjustment period. Gradually introduce new listening environments as your ears become accustomed to the hearing aids.
  • You may find that it is easiest to start wearing the hearing aid for 30-60 minutes a day at the beginning and gradually extend the time that you wear the hearing aids.
  • In noisy or difficult environments, it is often easier to understand speech by facing the speaker. Focus on reading lips and observing facial expressions and body language. Be aware that in some situations, it may be too noisy to understand what is being said.
  • Listen to radio and television programs as you normally would.
  • Using a hearing aid takes practice. Please do not give up prematurely.

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