When a person is first fit with hearing aids, it is not unusual for them to remark about “noises” that they hear.
Hearing changes gradually over time and the brain also adjusts to the lack of sounds. Sounds disappear or may sound different.
Even though we generally start by setting hearing aids softer than the patient’s target, it isn’t unusual to hear comments like “my car isn’t all that quite after all”, “boy those birds are awfully loud”, or even “my clothes make a lot of noise”.
These are all good signs. It means that the brain is getting more information.
It takes a little while for the brain to adjust to hearing sounds like this. People with normal hearing hear these sounds every day and the brain ignores them.
So, yes, in the beginning sounds may be louder than you want. In a matter of a few days the brain adjusts and learns to interpret the sounds you do want to listen to better. It just takes a little patience.
Call us at 727-323-2471. We can help you.
Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA
Doctor of Audiology
P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.