5 Tips For New Hearing Aids
- Get Used to Your Hearing Instruments
Don’t Expect to Hear Everything
Today’s advanced hearing aids will automatically adjust the volume based upon your hearing loss and the loudness of the sounds within the environment. In most cases, this eliminates the need for volume adjustments by the hearing aid wearer.Do Not expect to have “Super-Human Hearing”. Even people with “good” hearing cannot hear everything.
- Get Comfortable Wearing Your Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are made to be worn, on average, 12-16 hours a day. Your hearing aids should become a normal everyday part of your life, similar to wearing glasses or contact lenses. Get up in the morning and put your hearing aids in before beginning your day. At night, take your hearing aids out before going to bed. Some individuals start gradually, wearing their hearing aids a few hours every day and increasing the wearing time over the first month. This will help you get used to your new hearing aids. In the rare instance that you should experience any discomfort when wearing your hearing instrument, consult our office.Adjust to Your Own Voice
Hearing loss also affects how we hear our own voice. If you have a hearing loss, you have not been hearing your voice fully. It is very likely that at first, your voice will sound “different”, or “not normal” and this is to be expected. The more consistently you wear your hearing aids, the better your voice sounds.
- Give Yourself Time to Discover Better Hearing
Hearing aids are designed to provide you with a greater range of sounds. Encountering all of these “new” sounds may surprise and might even tire you at first. That is why you should:Retrain Yourself for More Effective Communication
1. Have a positive attitude and be committed to wearing your hearing aids every day. If, at any initial point, you need to take a break, then do so. But come back to wearing your hearing aids as soon as possible.2. Begin with usage at home where you can become accustomed to the sounds and conversation of friends and family in familiar surroundings.
Be an Active Listener
Your new hearing aids will make it easier to communicate effectively in all situations. However, even people with “good” hearing have to be active listeners and take advantage of speech and environmental cues in order to understand in many situations. Everyone will hear and follow conversation better when they concentrate and learn to ignore or suppress unwanted sounds.
When you first start wearing your hearing aids, you may be aware of many sounds around you that you do not recognize. These are the sounds of daily life that you have not heard in a long time -if ever – depending on the extent of your hearing loss. Try to identify sounds you don’t recognize, and make a conscious decision to ignore the ones that are unimportant.
- Coping With a Noisy World
We live in an increasingly noisy world. Your hearing aids will reintroduce you to many sounds you may have forgotten, such as the ticking of a clock, the beeps of a coffee maker or microwave oven, the chirping of birds and a child’s high-pitched voice. With time, you will learn how to focus on what you want to hear and “tune out” the rest.
- Binaural Hearing- Using Two Ears
With a hearing loss in both ears, it makes sense to wear two hearing aids. We are born with two ears for a reason. When compared to hearing with just one ear, a person can hear sounds from both sides, hear sounds fuller with better clarity, and understand speech better.