Adjustment period--how long?

Hello all. I have lurked here for a while but never posted until now. I have what I’ve been told is a mild to moderate hearing loss, especially in the upper registers, and yesterday I became the proud new owner of a pair of Oticon Delta 6000’s.

I’m enjoying the increased clarity of a lot of things, especially people’s voices. It’s a lot much easier to understand what people are saying to me nowl. But there are some other things that I know I’m going to need some time to get used to. Some extraneous sounds seem SO loud now. This is especially true of “swishy” or “fluttery” noises, like a fan blowing or papers shuffling. Even a gentle breeze ruffling the treetops makes a surprising amount of noise! Yesterday I was doing a lot of paperwork at the office and the noise from rifling through stacks of papers was really getting on my nerves after a while.

I understand that things are supposed to get better as my ears and brain get used to processing all the new sounds they are now picking up through my hearing aids. I’m just wondering how long this adjustment process might take.

Overall, I’m really happy. I’m having a lot of fun discovering things I can hear now that I used to miss. (For example, this morning I heard my cat meow from the next room. I never used to hear him from another room unless he really let out a bellow.) I’d just like to have some idea of how long it might take for all these little background noises to stop being so distracting and intrusive. Thanks in advance for any information and/or encouragement!

I know how you feel, your comment about the newspapers reminded me
of a funny situation that happened to me right after I got my new aids.

I was reading the newspaper at the Kitchen table when all of a sudden
I realized how much noise I was making. I look over at my wife and said
“How come the newspaper is making so much noise” She laughed and
said I have been making that much noise with my newspaper for years.


Everything sounded TOOOO loud , after a couple of days I asked my Audi
to create a second program to “Dumb” down my new aids so they were
not as sensitive. He did that and It sure helped in nosiy situations.

Restuarants, Warehouses , large stores etc.

You may want to try it out, you can always change your aids back and forth and that way have the best of both worlds.

Good luck with your new aids


ps If you use a cell phone you may want to check out the wireless
Bluetooth loop sets that work great with the Deltas.

Sometimes it is better to soften the program on a new hearing aid system. You are certainly going to notice these kinds of sounds, but if they are overpowering then have your hearing professional tune down the high frequency sounds while you get used it it. In time, he can always pop them back up.

dear sharon
oticon high end products have something call an automatic adaptation manager, which means the instrument is tune down well below your target gain and as you use the instrument, the instrument itselft re adjust itself.- this is something you should ask your audi to do.
However, if it is not the case- all oticon products (digitial) have a manual
adaptation manager but you need to go to your dispensing audiologist.
Oticon had this feature for a really long time…

I might ad that the new resound Azure has now incorporate this into its platform, and I believe others do have this but I am not fully aware
are there any other companies who had the same feature in their fitting software?