What you might experience
Your ears feel blocked
- When you first use hearing aids, your ears might feel as though they’re blocked – this is called the occlusion effect.
- Some people describe it as similar to having earplugs in their ears.
- Most hearing aids have a vent that helps address occlusion by allowing natural sound to pass into the ear.
- With open fitting styles you may not experience occlusion at all.
Your own voice sounds different
- When you first wear hearing aids, your voice will seem louder.
- As you wear them more regularly you will get used to the sound.
You hear whistling from the hearing aids
- High-pitched whistling is known as feedback.
- It can happen when you turn on your hearing aids while inserting them into your ears, when slipping clothing over your head, hugging someone or putting your hand close to your ear.
- Hearing aids have feedback management technologies that greatly reduce the possibility of whistling.