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It takes time: Getting used to hearing new sounds

Hearing aids open up the door to a world that you may have not experienced in years: clear sound. These tiny devices seem to work like magic for some people who have been suffering with hearing loss, but for others, it might take some time to get used to. Before purchasing the instruments, you may have hardly been able to hear the voices of your family members, coworkers and friends, but you may not have even realized all the other noises that you were missing out on.

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Outdoor sounds

The chirping of birds, rumbling of distant thunder or the pitter patter of a light rain is often just background noise to people with normal hearing, and those with hearing loss may not even notice that these delightful sounds of life were left undeceived by the ear. These subtle noises might throw you off once you first put on hearing aids, but as you get acclimated to the sound, you'll wonder how you ever got through the day without nature's joyous melodies. Some people will even report back to their audiologist complaining of a buzzing or chirping sound.

Hearing with background noise

After getting your hearing aids, you may still struggle with hearing family members and friends talking to you if there is background noise like the television or radio. This can be one of the most difficult things to ease into, so begin by having conversations with minimal to no background noise. At first, you may even have to take out your hearing aids from time to time, but don't give up hope.

Go about your regular routine

The best way to get used to hearing aids is to go about your daily routine as normal. Use your hearing device while talking on the phone, going out to public places and watching television so that you can adapt without compromise.

Getting used to hearing aids might take some adjustments and time, but these instruments will provide you with a bright outlook on life once you get situated with their origins. Take this one day at a time, in small doses to ease yourself back into regular hearing. It's common to go back to your hearing healthcare professional for adjustments after your first fitting, so don't be afraid to give them a call or ask for assistance. Many clinics will also offer aural rehabilitation clinics and other assistive programs for you and your loved ones.

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