While hearing aids can have a significant and positive effect on one's quality of life, it is important to bear in mind that it can take time and effort to fully adjust to your new device. For some, it can be difficult to accept the idea of using a hearing aid and it is quite normal for people to go through a period of denial when they are diagnosed with hearing loss. However, a desire and determination to improve your hearing and communication goes a long way in the journey towards dealing with hearing loss.
At the Hearing Institute, we are dedicated to helping our patients with hearing rehabilitation, which includes helping you to adjust to your condition, manage communication, and teaching you to use and make the most of your hearing aid. Remember that speaking to your audiologist will help you to understand your particular type of hearing loss.
If you have just started using a hearing aid, these tips may be helpful:
- Try to maintain a positive attitude, and be open to learning.
- It takes time to fully learn how to use a hearing aid.
- It takes time for your brain to properly adjust to new sounds and noises, so be patient.
- Sounds might appear unnatural at first, but this will improve over time.
- It is normal for your own voice to sound strange at first, but this will improve over time.
- It is quite normal for your hearing aid to stop working from time to time. Be sure to keep it clean and dry, and take it in for a professional service every year.
As part of your hearing rehabilitation, your audiologist will also cover some of the following with you:
- How to manage your hearing aid and accessories. Read more information on hearing aids and accessories
- How to improve your speech and discrimination ability.
- How to use visual clues from people during conversation.
- How to manage communication in difficult situations, like in places where there is a lot of background noise.
It is important to remember that while hearing aids are a huge help, they cannot restore normal hearing. It can be helpful to give friends and family the following pointers:
- When having a conversation, stay close and maintain eye contact.
- Try to avoid having conversations when there is a lot of other distracting noise.
- Lip reading can be very useful in supplementing the sounds of speech, so always face each other when having a conversation.
People naturally like to connect to one another and to the environment around. Hearing is an important medium which helps us in this process. Every day, we are exposed to different sounds. It can be sounds of bird chirping, rustling of leaves, traffic on the road, voices of loved one, favorite song, or attending a phone call. Whether one is at home, traveling, at school or at work, hearing becomes essential in all situations.
Hearing empowers us and enriches our lives. Hearing enables us to socialize, work, and even relax. Hearing also helps to keep us safe by providing awareness in our environment or alerting us to someone else’s distress. Good hearing become an essential part of life and allows us to be able to live and participate in life fully without limitations. Because hearing loss is linked to other diseases…
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