How your hearing aids work


Your hearing aid is programmed to your individual hearing loss and can be adjusted by one of our audiologists, if necessary. It may take a while for you to get used to your hearing aid. It is important that you follow the advice given to you by the audiologist. Hearing aids help you to hear sounds that you could not hear  before, however hearing aids will not restore all of your hearing. They work by amplifying sounds your normal ear cannot hear so that you can gain clarity in the sounds.

It may take time to adjust to the hearing aids. This is normal as you are hearing more sounds than before so it will take more time to learn what the sounds are. Your audiologist will recommend how often to wear your hearing aids at first until you are able to wear them comfortably for long periods of time. If the sounds are too loud and uncomfortable when wearing hearing aids please make an  appointment with your audiologist.


Hearing Aid Maintenance

Hearing aids need to have regular maintenance to ensure they keep working.
Hearing aid tubing needs to be cleaned regularly. Full instructions on cleaning your hearing aid can be found here.

Hearing aid tubing also needs to be changed every 3 – 6 months. This can be done at any AFD Resource Centre or hearing aid maintenance clinic on a drop-in basis. You do not need an appointment. If you find your hearing aid is not working properly, check through the Troubleshooting page. If that does not solve the problem, bring your hearing aid into a Resource Centre or hearing aid maintenance clinic. A full range of cleaning equipment and products are available in our Resource Centres.


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