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Old 01-15-2011, 05:45 AM
 
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I just bought a pair of over the ear digital hearing aids, and I would like to hear from people who wear hearing aids how long does it take to get used to the noises ....like paper rattling or foot steps on a hard floor etc.

I was told my loss wasn't in the noise end but in speech clarification,(no wonder I just dont listen) but I am being bothered by the noise amplification or do I have to adapt to both?
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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The longer you wear them, the more you adjust to the noises. Mine are custom programmable doohickies that go in the ear and are mid-size (not the micro ones, but not the big ones that are obvious). They have a few settings - one for forward-only, which is used for talking to someone specific. One is unidirectional, for general hearing. And the third is on the left one only, that filters out all noise -except- what you're hearing on the telephone. Well plus they each have an OFF button, which I find immensely useful when I'm going out to lunch by myself and don't want to hear all those rude customers who insist on having cell phone conversations while they dine next to me. They act like earplugs, then.

You should try wearing your aids just a couple of hours your first day, a few hours the next day. Give your brain a break to absorb the new information. By the end of the week you should be able to wear them most of the day without freaking out.

Edited to add: your aids also should have volume control buttons, so you can turn the sound down if it's TOO loud.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Lompoc,CA
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My Hearing aids are by Resound and I love them! They are over the ear also. I have a remote that
I am able to turn them up or down. And also it has a restaurant setting! I took to mine immediately.
I have high frequency mild hearing loss. Wear them every day!

Greenchili
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:49 PM
 
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ok thanks I am hearing things I haven't heard in years....like my turn signal clicking,friends would always ask "you cant hear your turn signal " with a look of disbelief........
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Old 01-16-2011, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Here is a forum with some excellent info for you. When I got my hearing aids I found this site.

Hearing Aid Forums | Hearing Loss | Hearing Aids - Powered by vBulletin
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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Give it time but consider possibly getting the frequencies adjusted. I'm 56 and have been wearing analog (can't do digital) since I was 9 or 10.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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What type of[mod] too new to post links, read TOS [/mod]are they (make and model)? I know lots of people who wear hearing aids and they all have said it has improved their hearing and self confidence.

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Old 05-29-2011, 11:30 AM
 
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My husband's are designed to block out background noises. Mine have a switch where I can dampen the background if I want to. I usually do that when we are out in heavy traffic.

Maybe yours can be adjusted to do the same.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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I just bought a pair of over the ear digital hearing aids, and I would like to hear from people who wear hearing aids how long does it take to get used to the noises ....like paper rattling or foot steps on a hard floor etc.
Sounds like you may need to turn down the volume on your hearing aids.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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For those dealing with unilateral or single sided deafness. There are some newer options now. A company called Sonitus Medical has an aid that uses a device that you connect to your teeth that I think sends vibrations to your good ear. Phonak has a smaller verison of the cros aid.
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