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    I have dealt with hearing loss for 53 years. I got my first pair of HA's in January (Oticon Opn). I'm hearing things I've never heard before and I'm learning sounds I could hear are more complex than I was able to hear without the HA's. I'm very happy with my new ability to hear. However, I have noticed being extremely tired at the end of the day. I'm assuming this is a natural process of my brain working hard to understand new sounds. I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same experience.
    TP Chapman
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    Most definitely!
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    yep it is natural

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    Quote Originally Posted by TPChapman View Post
    I have dealt with hearing loss for 53 years. I got my first pair of HA's in January (Oticon Opn). I'm hearing things I've never heard before and I'm learning sounds I could hear are more complex than I was able to hear without the HA's. I'm very happy with my new ability to hear. However, I have noticed being extremely tired at the end of the day. I'm assuming this is a natural process of my brain working hard to understand new sounds. I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same experience.
    Your brain will become accustomed to the extra stimuli and unheard decibels after a while, so it eventually won't seem so intrusive. In the mean time, enjoy your new world. It will be a richer one in the long run.
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    The OPN has an adaptive feature that allows you to adjust gradually based on a preset number of hours you use it to go from easier settings for the ears to more regular settings for the ears in the end. I think it may be a 3 or 4 step process. As your audi about this.

    Or you can use the volume buttons to turn things down when you feel tired and overwhelmed. That'd be your manual adjustment.

    It took me about a month to start getting my brain adjusted to everything I could hear from the OPN, and I've already been wearing HAs for around 20 years. At first the distracting noises were annoying because my old HAs helped filter them out a bit. After a while I don't even notice them anymore. Everybody's adjustment period will be different. Since you're new to HAs, it may take longer for you. Just take it easy and don't be shy to turn it down or turn it off if you feel tired.
    Last edited by Volusiano; 02-14-2017 at 05:28 PM.
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    yep normal and good.
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