A lot depends upon how long you have gone without hearing and the degree of hearing loss and type of hearing loss, but as with anything new…it takes time and patience. You may need to learn to filter out unwanted sounds, just as you used to do with normal hearing. Your listening skills should improve as you become accustomed to your hearing aids. It is also important to be realistic and not to expect to hear perfectly in every listening situation.
Besides helping you to hear and understand voices better, properly adjusted hearing devices will allow you to hear sounds that previously may not have been audible. The sound of wrinkling newspaper or water running may be annoying at first; however, after 2 or 3 weeks you will notice an adjustment to the sounds. Gradually increasing the amount of time you wear the hearing aids and following the schedule provided by your audiologist will result in an easier transition to amplified sound. During the initial adjustment period, you may be asked to visit your audiologist so they may monitor your progress and adjust the controls of your hearing device if needed. These follow up visits are crucial to your success.