Inconspicuous, yet powerful and versatile, they can do much more than simply make sounds louder. The following are only a few examples of how hearing aids can help:
- Accentuate speech and suppress ambient sounds in noisy environments.
- Help you clearly identify the direction from which sounds are coming.
- With the right hearing aid accessories, pick up sounds transmitted directly from devices such as TVs, phones, gaming consoles, and MP3 players.
- Amplify higher pitched sounds (important for understanding speech) but not lower pitches that only add volume.
Getting to know your new hearing aids
Once you have chosen your hearing aids and had them properly fitted, you will gradually get used to wearing them every day. However, like anything new, you should expect it to take a little while before you are completely familiar with your hearing aids and used to being part of the hearing world again:
- An adjustment period is completely normal as your brain gradually reduces the ways in which it had been compensating for your hearing loss.
- You may need to have your hearing aids adjusted a few times until things sound right or you may adjust quickly (depending on the hearing aid technology and your own preferences and lifestyle).
- Although you may initially find it hard to get used to wearing and hearing with these devices, be patient. You will quickly come to appreciate the advantages and greater quality of life they provide.
Learning to hear again
One thing you may not anticipate is what it would be like to hear sounds again that you haven’t for a while — and not all of them will be pleasant. The kid cracking her gum on the subway. Your faucet dripping. It is normal to find much of what you hear very irritating, especially when you first start using hearing aids.
Hearing comfortably is generally a gradual process. Just as your brain readjusted over time to not hearing as much, it now has to get used to the many new sounds you are experiencing. You might perceive certain sounds as too loud, such as a ringing telephone. Rest assured that your brain will learn how to tune out, and tone down, the sounds around you again.
Not all returning sounds will be annoying — far from it! You will rediscover many pleasant sounds, such as birds singing, rustling leaves, and your grandchild’s voice. With restored hearing, you’ll be able to actively participate in discussions, listen to your favorite music, and enjoy a myriad of other life experiences again.
The right attitude is the key to success
You need to be patient as you adapt to life with hearing aids, but you should also think positively. Make a decision that you will enjoy the ability to hear again, even if everything you hear isn’t necessarily delightful.
Expect the adjustment period to take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Before long, you will be able to hear and understand much more in many different environments. Wear your hearing aids as often as directed by your hearing care professional and follow these recommendations:
- Begin using your hearing aids first thing in the morning and wear them until you go to bed.
- Avoid taking them out, even if you think you don’t need them, such as when you are home alone.
- Keep a journal in which you write down your positive and negative reactions.
- Pay close attention to the volume and quality of sound in different environments and tell your hearing care professional about your experiences at your follow-up appointment.
- Deliberately expose yourself to various hearing situations.
- Attend any group or individual training sessions recommended by your hearing care professional.
Contact a hearing care professional now
Call 855-355-9064 or contact us online for help scheduling an appointment to get tested by a hearing care professional. After the initial adjustment period with your new hearing aids, you will realize just how much your life has changed for the better.