When you begin to wear hearing aids, you will have to re-train your brain to hear the sounds you wish to hear and ignore the sounds you don’t want to hear, i.e., the hum of a refrigerator or background conversation. You will need to understand that your new hearing aids do not sound the same as your old hearing used to sound.

Don’t get discouraged. You have been hearing through a damaged system that has delivered distorted signals to your brain. Now, the sounds you are being exposed to are louder and different than what you are used to. In time, your brain will adjust to the new signals it is receiving.

It is important to wear your hearing aids as much as possible to get used to them and how they work. Patience is the key. Encourage your friends and family to speak to you in a normal tone. Remember, you are not alone. There are millions of people with hearing loss, and as the baby boomers age, the numbers will only grow. It is nothing to be ashamed of, and there are many treatment options available to you in these modern days.