Hearing aids: what to expect when you wear them.

Audiologist Naomi at Altona clinic can test your hearing and recommend what is best.

Starting to use hearing aids is a big step for anyone, especially if you’re in your 60s and have been missing out on a lot of sounds. It’s like opening a door to a world where you can hear more clearly again. We want to make sure you know what to expect when you start wearing your new hearing aids, from the first day to the weeks after, and how it can make your life better.

First Days: Getting Used to New Sounds

When you first put on your hearing aids, you’ll notice a lot of sounds you haven’t heard in a while. This can be a bit surprising and even a little bit too much at first. Here’s what happens:

• Everything is louder: Sounds will be stronger, and it might feel strange for a bit.

• Hearing different noises: You’ll start to hear background noises you weren’t noticing before. It takes time to get used to what to listen to.

• Feeling comfortable: Having something new in your ears feels odd at first, but you’ll get used to it.

The First Weeks: Getting Better at Hearing

As you keep wearing your hearing aids, things start to get easier:

• Understanding people better: You’ll find it’s easier to hear what people are saying, even when there’s a lot of noise around.

• Making them work for you: You might need to visit us a few times to adjust your hearing aids just right.

• Feeling different: You might feel all sorts of things as you start hearing better. It’s all part of the journey.

A Sharper mind.

• Improved hearing keeps your brain active, which can help slow down age-related cognitive decline.

• Social connections: Better hearing makes it easier to stay involved in conversations, reducing feelings of isolation.

• Increased happiness: Reconnecting with sounds can significantly improve your quality of life.

The Long-Term Impact on Aging and Brain Health

Consistent use of hearing aids has shown to have a positive impact on aging and brain health. Better hearing leads to more social interaction, which stimulates the brain and can help maintain cognitive functions longer. This interaction helps combat the risks of dementia and depression, common concerns as we age. By staying connected to the world around you, you’re not just hearing better; you’re actively contributing to your long-term mental and emotional health.

Ready to Hear the Difference?

It’s normal to face challenges as you adjust to hearing aids, but the journey is incredibly worthwhile. If you’re ready to improve your hearing and experience these life-changing benefits, Active Audiology Altona is here to help. Contact us to schedule a hearing test and explore how hearing aids can open up a new world of sound for you. Take the first step towards a fuller, healthier life with better hearing. The benefits are profound and lasting. Make an appointment by calling 1300 364 007. For more go to www.activeaudiology.com.au or visit the team at 17 Harrington Square, Altona.