How Long Until Your Brain Adjusts to Hearing Aids?
Adjusting to hearing aids can be a process that takes time, as your brain needs to adapt to the new sounds and stimuli it is receiving. The time it takes for the brain to adjust can vary depending on the severity of your hearing loss, the type of hearing aid used, and your ability to adapt to new technology.
Generally, it may take several weeks or months for the brain to adjust to the sounds coming through the hearing aids. During this time, it is common to experience a period of "overhearing," "phantom noise," or "ringing in the ears" as the brain adjusts to the new sounds, and your brain may be overwhelmed by the new sounds it is processing, leading to feelings of confusion and fatigue.
Help Your Brain Adjusts to Hearing Aids
Help your brain adjust to the ear hearing aids by wearing them consistently and as directed by your Audiologist (like Les, here at Swindon & Marlborough Hearing Specialists). It is also helpful to start with lower volumes and gradually increase them over time. Your Audiologist can guide you on how to adjust and use the hearing aids effectively.
Use cognitive exercises like repeating words and phrases or listening to music to help your brain adjust and adapt to the new sounds.
Tips to Help You Adjust to Hearing Aids
- Wear them at home first: Start by wearing your hearing aids in quiet listening environments, such as at home, and focus on having one-on-one conversations. This will help you get used to the new sounds and practice adjusting the volume as needed.
- Give yourself homework: For extra practice, try to locate the source of a sound in your environment, listen to audiobooks, or talk radio while you're alone to help your brain to adjust to the new sounds.
- Take breaks: Gradually increase the number of hours you wear your hearing aids per day and the situations in which you wear them. This will help your brain to adjust to the new sounds.
- Attend follow-up visits: Visit Les and the team here, to fine-tune the sounds you're hearing, adjust the fit in your ear, and talk about your most challenging situations.
- Anticipate frustration, especially with background noise: Be patient as your brain adjusts to the new sounds, and focus on the important sounds while ignoring background noise.
Each person's experience with an in-ear hearing aid is different. Work closely with your Audiologist to determine the best course of action for your individual needs. Don't hesitate to discuss any discomfort or confusion you may experience during the adjustment period. For more tips and tricks or to discuss your hearing with us, GET IN TOUCH