If you are our patient, we want to make sure you fully understand your hearing loss as well as your possible hearing solutions. It's important that you know what can be done about your hearing loss and why it will work. We don't ever want you to feel like you don't understand what we are suggesting. Ultimately, the decision of what to do about your hearing loss is yours to make, and that means you need the information to make that decision. We're here to help guide you to find what will work best for you.
Starting with hearing aids for the first time can be an adjustment. We always explain to you what you can expect from hearing aids and how they work. We're always available to talk with you about anything you don't understand or that you want to know more about. Select the question to learn the answer.
You'll notice a difference immediately, but your experience the first day of wearing hearing aids is not the same as it will be over time. This happens for several reasons. First, your brain will need to get used to the sounds you can now hear. We will also be making adjustments to your hearing aids as you adapt to the hearing aids. We never start you with your full prescription because it will be too much. Instead, we set a schedule so that you can be comfortable on Day 1, then increase output as you get used to it over a period of weeks.
Sound is like exercise for the brain. If you don't exercise, you're not going to run a 25k on Day 1. It's the same with hearing and auditory processing. You'll get worn out because your brain hasn't been exercising the part that understands those sounds for a long time. Eventually, you'll be better able to handle more, but you have to work to that point first.