F.A.Q.: What sort of changes and adaptations are necessary with a hearing aid?
Article from “2013 Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids”, James Wilson Group Strategic Solutions, L.P. USA. www.theconsumersguides.com
First, you need to understand that it is not possible for a hearing aid to completely restore your hearing. What it can do is enhance sound and thus allow you to hear better. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator or air conditioner, nature sounds, or background conversation.
Therefore, when you begin to wear hearing aids, it is necessary to re-educate your brain to practice selective listening and learn once again to choose only those sounds which you wish to hear and ignore the rest. It is important that you wear your hearing aids as much as possible. this is the best way for you to get used to them and the wya that they work. This also helps you to become more skilled at recognizing sound and direction, learning what hearing aid settings work best in different situations, and using visual clues in difficult hearing environments.
Patience is key. Your friends and family can be very helpful in the whole process. Encourage them to speak to you in a normal voice without over enunciating or over emphasizing their lip movements. These people can be very helpful as you become more accustomed to your new hearing instruments. If for some reason you continue to find the adjustment to be difficult, your hearing professional will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you solve any of your hearing-related problems.
Contact us for a free hearing consultation to receive a hearing test and discuss the options that will improve your hearing. Also, take time to talk with Dr. Swamy to ask questions you may have about hearing aids and ear health.