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How long does it take to get used to a hearing aid?

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As you use it, you’ll become more aware of sounds and where they're coming from. When you first get your hearing aids, be patient. It may take some time to get used to them. In most states, you're allowed a trial period after you buy a device. If yours don't work, you may get a partial refund and be able try a different type. Ask about warranty coverage.

Take time to learn how your hearing aids work. Insist on a good fit. Work closely with your doctor to avoid:

It may help to start wearing your hearing aids in quiet areas and to keep a diary about how you feel.

  • Discomfort
  • Echo-like sounds from your voice
  • Feedback or a whistling sound
  • Background noise
  • Buzzing with cell phone use

From: Hearing Aid Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: "Hearing Aids."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Aids."

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Burying a Hearing Aid."

Audiology Online.

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on May 10, 2017

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