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    Default First week with hearing aids

    Hello,
    I just got my first hearing aid, Kirkland Signature 7. . It seems I am responding well, I was able to watch Murder She Wrote without subtitles for the first time. It was funny to see the paper bag can make such noise!

    I have a couple of questions
    - The instruction say that I am suppose to wear them only for a limited time, in controlled surroundings, during the first week
    What is the negative of using them more than recommended? I am wondering at which rate I should increase their use

    -I got fairly high word recognition score (96/88) and got surprised by it. In the real world I am nowhere close to that level. Why is it so unrealistically high?

    thanks!
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    I recall being told to wear them an hour the first day and increase by one hour every day. You need to teach your brain without going into overload...
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    Your word recognition scores are high because they were done at 80 db, quite a bit louder than normal speech. My understanding is that they represent kind of a potential to be helped by hearing aids. If it's really low (yours is good), it means that even if sounds are loud enough for you to hear them comfortably, your brain can't process them. In short it's good that your word recognition scores are good. It means hearing aids can help you. I wasn't given any such instruction to gradually increase usage of hearing aids. I'm just going by "gut," but I would think if you are not having any problems, wearing them for longer times would be ok. If you become intolerant of noise, irritable, headachey, I'd back off.
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    I think as long as you don't feel stressed out by the new information overload and you don't mind wearing it longer earlier in the adaptation period, I don't really see any long term harm in doing so. It's all about adjustment and some people adjust faster than others.
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    The amount of time you wear them is really up to you. Some will experience stress or discomfort and the graduated wearing period is advised for those. Others will not have as much problem. How long you wear them is up to you but should be steadily increased to full day wear at the rate you decide.
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    Thanks for replies! I will use them more than I planned to then.
    I put them on now, and it is amazing that I can hear my keyboard! All the time I thought I had the quiet one.
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    High word recognition scores suggest you are a good candidate to benefit from hearing aids/amplification. It just means you can understand what you hear if it is loud enough.

    Most audiologists seem to favour limiting time wearing aids at first and quiet environments so as to not overwhelm the user and put them off using hearing aids forever. I just wore them and although some noises were annoying I got used to them very quickly that way. It is really up to you how well you cope and how fast you want to take things. There are no absolutes.
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    I put 'em on and never looked back. I was so happy to finally hear stuff forget taking 'em off.

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    How likely is that he default volume is set too high or too low?
    I tried using a couple of steps below and it still seems fine. Could I do some harm by using it at the default level?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nimailni View Post
    How likely is that he default volume is set too high or too low?
    I tried using a couple of steps below and it still seems fine. Could I do some harm by using it at the default level?
    I think the default volume should be set to your audiogram, so that's a good starting point. I think if you find yourself wanting to up it a little bit or down it a little bit over time, then you can adjust it to your liking. I think your instinct will let you know which is the best volume level for you so just go with your gut. Nothing is cast in stone anyway.

    I don't think there's any harm to be a couple of steps above what still seems fine for you. It really depends on your environment as well. If you're usually in quiet environment more often then a couple of steps higher is OK. Vice versa if you're in noisy environment more often then a couple of steps down may be better.
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