In order to get the most from your investment in your hearing system, your participation is crucial. The first step is to make sure that you have realistic expectations about what your hearing aids can do for you. Anita Korte

EXPECTED BENEFITS Hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing—unlike glasses, which will restore near or farsightedness to near perfect vision. In quiet listening situations, you will hear better than you do without hearing aids. You will feel more comfortable. You won’t ask people to repeat as much. In moderately noisy situations, you will also hear better than you do without hearing aids. However, you will not hear as well in noisy situations as you do in quiet situations. Hearing aids cannot be “adjusted” to eliminate background noise. If background noise is your main concern, you should consider investing in sophisticated or “smart” hearing aids (with self adjusting properties and directional microphones). More sophisticated hearing aids have a higher consumer satisfaction rating in noisy listening situations.Even the “smart” hearing aids do not eliminate background noise. Directional microphones can only reduce the background noise, not eliminate it. Hearing aids cannot amplify only what you want to hear.

A COMFORTABLE FIT Our goal is to have you wear your hearing aids for most of your day. You will certainly be very aware of new hearing aids in your ears, especially for the first few days. During your adjustment period, we may need to adjust the shape of the hearing aids, either in the office, or by sending them back to the manufacturer for a remake. Our desired end result is that the hearing aids will fit comfortably. We ask that you persevere with us through any adjustments that need to be made to make them comfortable. If you have had hearing aids before, you will probably find that your new hearing aids will fit more snugly thank the old ones. Your ears constantly grow; so original hearing aids are probably looser now than when you first got them. We want to make sure that the hearing aids fit you well over a period of 4-5 years.

CONSISTENT USE
Our goal is to have you wear your hearing aids for most of your day. You will certainly be very aware of new hearing aids in your ears, especially for the first few days. During your adjustment period, we may need to adjust the shape of the hearing aids, either in the office, or by sending them back to the manufacturer for a remake. Our desired end result is that the hearing aids will fit comfortably. We ask that you persevere with us through any adjustments that need to be made to make them comfortable. If you have had hearing aids before, you will probably find that your new hearing aids will fit more snugly thank the old ones. Your ears constantly grow; so original hearing aids are probably looser now than when you first got them. We want to make sure that the hearing aids fit you well over a period of 4-5 years.

YOUR VOICE Your voice and the sound of your chewing will sound different with the new hearing aids. The smaller your hearing aids are, the smaller the vent size will be, so the louder or more “echoey” your voice will be. It will likely take you about a month to get used to the sound of your voice. We suggest that you read out loud to yourself 10-15 minutes a day for the first two weeks. This will allow your brain to familiarize itself with your voice. An added benefit is that your brain will have more practice in recognizing new sounds, which is an important part of successful hearing aid use.