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Getting used to hearing aids

Will hearing aids feel weird in my ears? Will people notice that I have hearing aids behind my ears? Will I get annoyed wearing hearing aids all day long? What will my voice sound like when I’m wearing hearing aids?

As hearing professionals, we get questions like these every day from people who want to try hearing aids. People with hearing loss often know that they need a solution but are uncertain about how the hearing aids will look and feel.

The first moment with hearing aids

Luckily, adjusting to wearing hearing aids isn’t difficult. You may have some minor issues at first, but after a few days you will probably barely notice that you have your hearing aids on.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are some quotes from three new hearing aid users:

Caren Getting used to Hearing Aids Widex
“It’s like a whole world opened up for me. Hearing aids make a huge difference.”Caren, South Africa
Scott Getting used to Hearing Aids Widex
“The adjustment period took about 20-minutes. Seriously… perhaps the daily “ritual” took a little getting used to, but the devices themselves were a blessing from the first minute I put them in!”Scott, USA
Nicola Getting used to Hearing Aids Widex
“I find them extremely user-friendly. I often forget that I’m wearing them – so comfort gets top marks.”Nicola, UK

Common issues with adjusting to hearing aids

Hearing aids probably won’t feel completely natural when you first try them on. Just like it takes a day or two to adjust to a new pair of glasses, the same rings true for hearing aids.

Here are four issues you may experience:
 “I feel like I have blocked ears”
Also known as the “occlusion effect”, it may feel like your ears are clogged. Your hearing aids probably have a vent that will help air pass into your ear – this will help you to eventually adjust to the sound that your hearing aids produce.
“It sounds like I am speaking in a barrel”
Your own voice may sound different when you first wear hearing aids. This is because your voice is amplified by your hearing aids. You will soon get accustomed to this.
“My hearing aids are whistling” 
High-pitched whistling, called “feedback”, can happen occasionally when you insert your hearing aids into your ears, slip clothing over your head, or lean in close for a hug. Widex hearing aids are equipped with feedback cancellation, which aims to eliminate this sound.
“I feel a pressure in my ears”
It is not uncommon to feel a sensation of pressure and a little soreness in your ear for the first few days. If this sensation does not disappear after a few days - or if you feel ear pain – contact your hearing care professional.

The loudness factor

New hearing aid users often remark that everything sounds very loud when they first start using their hearing aids. Suddenly the clicks from a keyboard, the sound of rushing water, and even the squeaks of your shoes seem very noticeable. This is a good thing – you’re hearing sounds you haven´t heard in a long time!

Still, it may be tiring to take in all these new sounds.  Try wearing your hearing aids for a few hours at a time during the first few days and gradually build up to a whole day. It may also help to avoid wearing your hearing aids in noisy environments until you are completely comfortable with them in more quiet environments. This way you can gradually adjust to the “new” sounds around you without being overwhelmed.

The Widex Advantage

Widex is working to fix some of hearing aid users’ common complaints. Two issues are most prominent: lateral migration and itching.

With WIDEX EASYWEAR, we recently found a solution to both issues:
  • Lateral migration – Some hearing aid models may feel like they are going to fall out of your ears when you move around a lot – a problem that is technically called “lateral migration”. We have worked to fix this problem with EASYWEAR, a new feature of Widex hearing aids that helps your hearing aids to better stay in your ears.
  • Itching – Lateral migration can also cause a feeling of itching in your ears due to the friction caused by moving ear-molds. EASYWEAR can also help this by minimizing friction and keeping hearing aids firmly in place.
Overall, the patent-pending design of WIDEX EASYWEAR allows for a better physical fit, more stability in the ear canal, and a more discreet look.

Here’s an example of EASYWEAR compared to standard hearing aid fittings:

Conventional solution
EASYWEAR before front

EASYWEAR solution
EASYWEAR after front

The unique design bends the wires close to the head
to give a more comfortable, secure fit.

Conventional solution
EASYWEAR before middle

EASYWEAR solution
EASYWEAR after middle

Because it is discreet, it also means that
it is extremely cosmetically appealing.

Conventional solution
EASYWEAR before back

EASYWEAR solution
EASYWEAR after back

The fit of EASYWEAR means no
sideways movement for your clients.

Benefits of EASYWEAR include:

  • Smaller and more discreet - better to wear, invisible
  • Cosmetically appealing - more satisfied users
  • Ergonomic and comfortable - better to wear, can’t be felt
  • Safe - doesn’t fall out, stays in the ear
  • Same performance level - no compromise in sound