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What You Should Know About Your First Hearing Aid

Get ready for big changes! If you are a first time hearing aid user, you have some major adjustments ahead of you, but the best part about getting your first hearing aid is that you will once again hear the birds chirping and the conversations of your loved ones. While hearing aids will not restore your natural hearing and you may still miss out on some sounds, hearing loss with be greatly decreased. Since most people purchase their first hearing aids five to seven years into their hearing loss, you may not have noticed how bad the problem progressed. Daily struggles to understand voices may finally diminish, but now you have to get used to putting them in everyday. Here are some helpful hints as to what you should know as a first time hearing aid user.


  1. If you purchased your first pair of hearing aids, make sure you always wear both at the same time to ensure sounds are properly calibrated and can be translated properly to your brain.
  2. You may not recognize some of the sounds around you at first. The last time you heard your car door dinging with the keys in the ignition may have been years ago, so it will take time to adjust to the new sounds. With your first hearing aid, the world may seem noisier than your remembered, but this is all part of the adjustment stage.
  3. Don’t feel pressure to wear your first hearing aids for the entire day. Since your ears are unfamiliar to the sensations, you may want to ease into full-day wear.
  4. Once you are comfortable wearing the hearing aids all day long, make sure you do take them out at night and when taking a shower. Your first pair of hearing aids may feel like an extension of yourself so it is easy to forget, but even your hearing aids need a rest too!
  5. Your first hearing aids may not be the best for every situation. Though many hearing aids have settings for outdoor, party, conversation, etc., you may not need your hearing aid for every moment of every day depending on your hearing loss. Test your pair in various experiences to see what works best for you.
  6. There will be a learning curve with volume, but don’t get frustrated when the balance seems off. While you may have blared your television at full blast before, you will find a new balance with the hearing aid. Certain sounds may come through louder and may distract you. Your hearing aid specialist can help you understand various settings to ensure you have the best possible hearing in every situation.
  7. Don’t be afraid to speak with your hearing aid specialist if something feels off with your first hearing aid. You should be comfortable within three to four weeks, but if that is not the case, consult a professional.
  8. You will have to change the battery more than you think you do. Most batteries only last three to ten days.
  9. What might be the biggest change is the sound of your own voice. Instead of hearing yourself speak through only your own head, it is amplified through speakers. Your voice may sound resonate which you will get used to over time.
  10. Finally, people may notice you started wearing hearing aids. Ignore any stigmas and wear them with pride!


Always remember to be patient with yourself and your first hearing aids. They are meant to help you, but it will take some time to familiarize yourself with their uses and the new world around you!


By: Diana Michel

4 responses to “What You Should Know About Your First Hearing Aid

  1. Great Timing! I should receive my trial pair of aids on Monday 8/1, and found your article very informative and helpful, since I am new to the world of hearing aids. And thanks to Audicus. Very glad I stumbled on this website. Keep the ads/offers/helpful info coming.

  2. In 1995, a coworker suggested, out of concern, that I get a hearing test. Reluctantly, I went to the audiologist. They diagnosed me with a mild hearing loss. Shortly thereafter I got my first set of hearing aids..big bulky things. They helped in day-to-day situations; but I hated wearing them and, at that point, I could “get by without them.

    When I went back to college in 2014, my hearing was markedly worse. After another hearing test, the doctors found my hearing had dropped off significantly. There was no way around it, I would be forced to wear hearing aids. But technology has advanced and some aids are available in a tiny, earbud-like device. Some have Bluetooth and noise cancellation. I bought a new set of “mini aids” and had been satisfied.

    This brings me to the present, at a recent appointment doctors said my hearing has dropped drastically since 2013..and that I’ll lose my hearing entirely within 5-7 years. I was shocked. After many tests, they think they discovered the cause.

    Back in Nov. 2012 I acquired a hospital-borne infection called CRE. Some of my nursing friends can attest to how bad this is. The deadly bacteria, often lives in hospital breathing tubes–I was on a ventilator for 17-days. The infection spread through my lungs and into bloodstream. The strain I had was “pan resistant” and didn’t respond to any antibiotics. Docs obtained permission from my mother to treat me with “Colistin” and “tobramycin”. Two old antibiotics taken off market 40 years ago. The strategy worked, I was finally off of the ventilator and eventually got better; finally out out of the hospital in January.

    Today the bacteria is gone. But the antibiotics damaged nerves in my ears. There is no cure, the damage is permanent and degenerative. I already had a mild hearing impairment, the toxicity effects were a tipping point, my hearing will be gone within 5-7 years. There are options for me. Short-term, I say bye-bye to my “mini hearing aids” and upsize to the big type. Doctors think cochlear implants may be an option to restore some sense of hearing once the hearing aids stop working. With technology advances, in 5 years the implants will be far better. However, insurance companies view cochlear implants as a means to comfort the patient and they balk at the huge price. The likelihood insurance will cover them is slim. If I were 19, maybe. But at 44-yrs old, its like putting a paint job on an old rusty clunker. Lol. I wanted to bring awareness to hearing impairment. Regular “old age” loss and the pathological types. There are degrees of hearing loss. The majority being manageable. But, for those of us faced with profound degenerative condition, there are options and treatments to preserve/prolong your hearing.

    Maybe one of you is trying to “manage” or “get by” with a hearing loss. Maybe you don’t want to admit it, you’re too proud. Maybe you’re scared. Take it from me, there are far worse things in life than losing your hearing. So swallow your pride, don’t be scared and take charge! Go to an audiologist or talk to a doctor. There may be time and a treatment to preserve or even restore your hearing. Maybe you’ll do just fine with the “mini hearing aids” I’ve been using, they aren’t that bad!#GetYourEarsChecked #GoingDeafNotDead

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  3. You stated that if you purchased your first pair of hearing aids, make sure you always wear both at the same time to ensure sounds are properly calibrated and can be translated properly to your brain. Do most audiologists provide training to people who are newly fitted with hearing aids? My mother has been having a lot of problems with her hearing ever since she fell down the stairs. Going to see an audiologist about hearing aids might be a good idea.

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