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Expectations from Hearing Aids...
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It can be difficult to know what to expect from hearing aids. What will they feel like? What will the sound be like? How well will I be able to hear? Misconceptions and second-hand experience continue to influence the way many people think about hearing aids. Hearing aids have changed dramatically in recent years, in terms of appearance, technology and added features - making them vastly more effective and satisfying.

This section will help set your expectations for the performance of your new hearing aids – how they sound, how they feel and how they work.

Expectations from Hearing Aids

What do hearing aids sound like?

When you first wear hearing aids you can expect many things to happen, but remember that the quality of the sound you hear is subjective and it may take some time to get used to the increase in sound. This may be especially so if you have had an unmanaged hearing loss for a number of years, as your brain must learn to readjust to normal levels of sound again. In general you should find that:

  • Your ability to hear and understand others should be much improved.


  • The sound of your own voice at the start may seem odd to you, but after some time it should sound “normal”.


  • The intensity and quality of familiar sounds should be sharp, bright and clear.


  • The amount of sound you hear should match the environment. In a crowded room with many people talking at once, sound will be loud but not deafening. Everything should be in proportion.


  • When properly programmed and finely tuned, hearing aids should help you identify the location of a sound or voice.

How should hearing aids feel?

Just like any item of clothing, your hearing aids must be comfortable to ensure you can and will wear them on a continuous basis. Like many things this can take time, but after a period of adjustment you should feel comfortable wearing them throughout the day.

  • You should not feel as though your ears are plugged or pressured in any way.
  • Hearing aids should not whistle, buzz or feedback when you chew, swallow or smile or move.


    If you experience any problems like this, contact your audiologist for a review appointment.

How should hearing aids work when set up properly?

Your hearing aids should help you understand and communicate in a variety of sound environments. Depending on the level of technology recommended by your audiologist, your hearing aids may switch automatically or manually between memory settings for different sound environments. You shounld find that:

  • Hearing and communicating in quiet environments is much improved.


  • Your ability to hear and understand speech in environments where there is background noise (restaurants, dinner parties, environments with fans or Air Conditioning running) should also be improved.


  • Your hearing aids should help you understand speech in larger environments, where there is reverberation (e.g. cinemas, theatres, churches, lecture halls).


  • Loud sounds (e.g. sirens, traffic, construction sounds) should not be uncomfortable to hear, but you should be able to hear them clearly.

You can also download DeafHear’s guide to ‘Guide to Buying Hearing Aids’ by clicking here   Read More...

Misconceptions and second-hand experience
continue to influence the way many
people think about hearing aids.

Hearing aids have changed dramatically in recent years,
in terms of appearance,technology and added features -
making them vastly more effective and satisfying.