You have new hearing aids! Congratulations on taking this big step forward. You’ve become one of the 20% who have made the life-changing commitment to treat their hearing loss.

Everything sounds different, and now it’s time to figure out each sound and adjust to the great new normal. But that’s not all that will have changed.

Adjusting to these changes takes time because your brain has to adapt to hearing sounds and translating them again. This adaptation period can take a while to get used to. This is why working with a local audiologist can be such a huge help.

We understand the changes and are here to help you acclimatize.

Please don’t remove your hearing aids during this time or it will take much longer to adjust to them (unless you are using noisy machines at the gym). They are designed to be worn all day, every day.

Some of the changes you can expect from wearing new hearing aids are:

  1. Whistling
  2. Everything seems loud
  3. Discomfort and itchiness
  4. Fatigue
  5. Expectations


Your hearing aids can give off feedback sounds if they are not inserted correctly.

What happens is that a sound in your ear canal escapes and is then received a second time by the hearing aid microphone, which then amplifies the sound back into your ear.

This feedback sounds like whistling and can be very uncomfortable. Let us know if you need help fitting your hearing aids correctly.

Everything Seems Loud

It can take a while for your brain to get used to hearing background noises clearly again, and some sounds can seem louder than others, such as ticking clocks, phone notifications, or a running dishwasher.

If you think your hearing device has been set wrong, then let us know so we can make sure everything is set to your exact hearing needs based on your hearing test results. While this is not common, we are happy to adjust it, if need be.

We can help you adjust to your device

Discomfort And Itchiness

Having something sitting in your ear or ear canal can feel strange and uncomfortable in the early days, and your ear might feel itchy. It could take about a week for this feeling to wear off.

However, if you feel any pain at all, please call us immediately! This shouldn’t happen. Phone (415) 499-7766 for the San Rafael clinic or (707) 763-3161 for the Petaluma clinic.


Just like you’d experience fatigue and possibly headaches from speaking a different language all day, wearing a new hearing aid can leave you feeling fatigued for a while too. However, this will pass soon.

Fatigue happens because you suddenly have to be present all the time again, responding to every little sound, whereas before you didn’t have so much to pay attention to.

It might also be tiring getting used to using the new technology if you’re not used to using your phone for apps.


You might have thought that everything would instantly be wonderful and easy again, but the truth is that changes always take time to get used to, and wearing hearing aids for the first time is no exception.

Your hearing aids will not help you hear perfectly again, but they will improve your hearing considerably.

We’re With You On Your Hearing Journey

We’re so happy for you because your new hearing aids mean you are now launched into a life of better communication with loved ones and a more independent lifestyle – one of the reasons why we chose this profession.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any difficulties in this time of adjusting to your hearing aids, our team here at Park Place Hearing — including one of California’s leading hearing aid technology experts, owner Dennis Tobin — is here to help.

Schedule an appointment with us to make sure your hearing aids are fit properly and working correctly, or just to have any of your questions answered about your new device(s).

We’re looking forward to helping you.

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Laura Dundas, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Laura Dundas professional experience includes experience as a staff audiologist for a major hearing aid manufacturer and as a clinical audiologist and department coordinator for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Dr. Dundas received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Northeast Ohio Audiology Consortium and specializes in diagnostic evaluation of hearing and balance disorders.
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