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Martin Smith

22nd July 2016

Hearing Aids Work Better in Your Ears!


Stick With Your Hearing Aids and The Experience Gets better

Many years ago it was common to hear people talk about hearing aids more often being in a drawer than in their ears. This seemed to be the case in particular when it came to hearing aids supplied by the NHS.

Thankfully, this isn't as common an event as it once may have been, however, it is something that we still see happen from time to time. One of the main reasons for this is acclimatisation, getting used to a new level of sound. Before we talk about it I would like to say, hearing aids work much better in your ears than they do in the drawer! Let's look at why this happens.

Getting Used To Hearing Aids

So, you have taken the leap, you have decided to deal with your hearing and get some hearing aids. Even if you aren't really aware of it, you have probably been living with hearing loss for anything between seven and ten years. 

That is a significant amount of time, during that period your brain has been starved of sound input in the regions that manage the hearing you have lost. In essence, the world has been a very quiet place.

The Oh My Gods!

When we fit you with hearing aids, we suddenly start to stimulate those areas with sound information. The reaction is most often "Oh My God!". Sounds can be perceived as unpleasantly loud simply because you haven't heard them for a while. Not just that, the world is suddenly a much noisier place than you are used to. The world hasn't changed, you can just hear it better. Some people find it more preferable to live in silence than to put up with living in a noisy world.

This Will Change

All of this is a natural reaction, we take steps to try to ensure that you are slowly introduced to the world of sound. However, your new perception of sound will challenge you somewhat, the key is that you will quickly get used to it. You will acclimatise to the world and your new sense of hearing. It will just take some time and use of your hearing aids. 

Gently Introducing You To The World


The fitting of a new hearing aid is a process that involves several appointments over a period of two to three months. We believe that gently introducing you to the world is the best way forward for you. Initially, we would set the hearing aids at a softer level than you need. It still delivers benefit but is not as challenging as your needed prescription.

We then gradually increase the amplification over time.
We believe that this is the best way forward for someone new to hearing aids, it allows them to slowly become accustomed to wearing them. It also means that no hearing aids end up in drawers, something that is good for our customers and for us. 

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