Listening with hearing aids may seem unusual at first, especially if your hearing loss has developed over several years. Becoming accustomed to new sounds and adapting to your hearing instruments takes time and patience. Try to wear your hearing instruments as much as possible to experience the most benefits, increasing the amount of time you wear them each day.
|“Blocked ear” feeling (occlusion)||The feeling of having a blocked ear when wearing hearing instruments is referred to as the occlusion effect. Some first-time wearers initially feel like they have earplugs in their ears. Most hearing instruments have a vent that allows natural sound to pass into the ear, helping you to adjust to wearing them.|
|Sound of your voice||When you first wear hearing instruments, your voice will seem louder than you are accustomed. As you wear your hearing aids more, you will gradually get used to the sound.|
|Feedback||High-pitched whistling, known as feedback, can happen when you turn on your hearing aids while inserting them into your ears or when slipping clothing over your head, hugging another person or putting your hand close to your ear. Hearing instruments designed by Unitron incorporate feedback management technologies that greatly reduce whistling discomfort.|
If listening is not comfortable, let your hearing healthcare professional know about your concerns and ask to have your instruments adjusted. Feelings of occlusion, discomfort at hearing your own voice, and feedback concerns should lessen within a week or two if you wear your hearing instruments everyday. If you are still experiencing discomfort, contact your hearing healthcare professional who can help you adjust the devices.