Managing Your Out-of-The-Box Hearing Aid Expectations.
People who wear their hearing aids regularly are more successful in retraining their brains to hear the sounds they’ve been missing. It often takes several months to fully adapt to wearing hearing aids. And, just like wearing glasses for the first time, you will get comfortable with your hearing aids after you go through the adjustment period.
NOTE: Infrequent use of your hearing aid(s) is a major barrier to adaptation and will hinder your ability to attain the full benefits of the hearing aid(s). Your brain needs substantial exposure to sounds and time to learn how to handle them again.
Don’t Expect perfect hearing immediately and right out-of-the-box. A hearing aid is a valuable tool to help you hear better but will not restore the full function of normal hearing, especially during the first few weeks.
Hearing aids are designed to maximize the hearing you have left with an emphasis on speech enhancement. Nevertheless, even with the most advanced hearing technology available and customization, you are likely to have difficulty hearing in challenging situations such as noisy restaurants.
NOTE: Keep in mind that even people with great hearing have trouble hearing every word of a conversation in a challenging environment.
Do Expect to wear your hearing aid consistently for most waking hours. If you are a first-time user, you should start with 2 hours a day, then gradually increase to 8 hours per day minimum.
Do expect your hearing aid to be comfortable to wear; you should never experience pain or soreness.
NOTE: If uncomfortable, remove the hearing aid immediately and try a smaller ear tip. If the pain persists or other issues arise, contact our Customer Support for assistance.
Does it take practice—and patience—to acclimate to your new hearing experience?
Yes, it does.
iHEAR aids are state-of-the-art digital hearing aids, which means they process sound digitally and can be highly customized to your individual hearing challenges and personal preference. You should expect to hear many soft sounds again, and louder sounds should be pleasant and comfortable.
Will it be challenging to hear sounds you’ve been missing for years?
Yes. Most likely, it’s been years since you heard all the sounds around you—from the faint sounds of keyboard clicks, bird chips, humming of the refrigerator and air conditioning unit, to the sound of your shoes hitting the floor as you walk. These sounds may be unfamiliar and even annoying at first.
With practice and patience, your brain learns to adapt and process sounds as normal. Think of the experience you get walking out from a dark room to the bright outdoors. Your ears, like your eyes, need time to adjust to the “brighter” stimulation. Also, think of what happens when you try to exercise after not being active for a while. Like your muscles, your ears need to adapt to the work they are being asked to do again.
Will I be able to adapt to the sound of my own voice?
Yes, you will.
When you first begin wearing your hearing aid, your own voice may sound different, and even funny. This is because hearing aids amplify your own voice. Some have compared the sensation of hearing their own voice through their hearing aids to hearing a recording of themselves. While hearing aids are optimized for speech, they will amplify all sounds in that range, and that includes your own voice.
The hearing aid may occlude or plug your ear canal, which can also make your voice sound different. This is known as the occlusion effect—sounding like you’re in a barrel—and it takes a few days to adjust. If your own voice continues to sound funny—you may want to try a different ear tip. An assortment of ear tips is included in your hearing aid kit.
Our Customer Support professionals are familiar with the “occlusion effect” and can assist you to mitigate it. Call 1- 844-443-2744 or email support@iHEARmedical.com.
How do I adjust my hearing aids?
You may need to adjust the settings of your hearing aids during the trial period to improve your hearing experience or deal with whistling.
Keep in mind that our Customer Support professionals are available and eager to assist you in getting the most out of your hearing aids. Call 1- 844-443-2744 or email support@iHEARmedical.com.
Is there anything I can do to speed up the adaption process?
Some helpful tips include:
- Wear your hearing aids only in quiet environments during the first few days.
- During the first week, wear them only a few hours a day.
- Read to yourself out loud for 10 minutes or so to help you get used to the sound of your own voice again.
- Practice by listening to your TV or having a conversation with a family member.
- Take breaks by removing the hearing aids when you feel tired or overwhelmed by the new sound experience.
- Set realistic expectations; hearing aids will not restore your hearing to normal—but they will make a big difference in your hearing ability.
- Most importantly: be patient and practice. Allow your brain to adapt and seek help from our Customer Support if you need it. Call 1- 844-443-2744 or email support@iHEARmedical.com
What can I expect by the end of the 45-day trial period?
You can expect that:
- Your ability to hear and understand others should be improved.
- Hearing and communicating in quiet environments should be noticeably improved.
- Hearing in noisy environments should also be improved, but expect some challenges (as we all find these settings challenging).
- You should begin to adjust to your own voice.
- The intensity and quality of sounds should be sharper, brighter and clearer.
- Wearing hearing aids in both ears should improve your overall hearing ability, help you identify the location of each sound, and improve speech perception in noisy conditions. Our brains are designed to use both ears, not one. If you have a hearing loss in both ears, you should benefit by using a pair of hearing aids.