Being fitted with hearing aids can lead to improved relationships with friends and family, greater independence, more confidence in social situations and an overall increase in quality of life.
But although they have numerous benefits, hearing aids can also take a bit of getting used to. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to become frustrated with their hearing aids when they first get them, ultimately leaving them on a shelf to gather dust.
If you are being fitted with hearing aids, make sure you get the most out of them! Here are our tips for ensuring a successful transition to hearing aid use.
1. See a qualified hearing clinician
This is very important! Your hearing clinician will not only evaluate and diagnose your hearing loss, but he or she will also recommend the best hearing aid for you and assist you in transitioning to life with hearing aids. The importance of this care cannot be understated and can really make all the difference to your experience with hearing aids. We highly recommend you take this route instead of purchasing cheaper models online and trying to work them out for yourself.
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2. Ask questions
When you are being fitted with hearing aids, make sure to voice any questions you might have. Consider taking a family member along to the appointment – they might be able to ask questions you haven’t thought of, or ask for tips about how they can help you adjust to life with hearing aids. They will also be able to act as a second set of ears in case you miss any important points.
3. Be patient during the adjustment period
Once you have your new hearing aids, there will most likely be a period of adjustment. During this time you might feel overwhelmed by the loudness of sounds you haven’t heard in years, such as household appliances, your keys jangling or the high pitched voices of children. Because we actually hear with our brains, not our ears, there might be a period where you will need to re-learn sounds you have forgotten. Even your own voice may sound a bit different.
The world is actually very loud sometimes, and you might need to take your hearing aids out occasionally to give yourself a break. Your hearing clinician might recommend a schedule of when to wear your hearing aids, gradually getting you used to them.
Be patient with yourself during this period. If you are finding that your hearing aids are uncomfortable or that background noise is too loud, don’t hesitate to ask your hearing clinician to adjust their settings.
4. Don’t skip your follow up appointments
This is perhaps the most important factor in making sure your hearing aids work for you. Your hearing clinician will be able to trouble shoot any problems you are experiencing, and will help you adjust to life with hearing aids. This aftercare is invaluable, so try not to miss any appointments.
5. Don’t give up on your hearing aids!
If you have a problem with your hearing aids, don’t write them off immediately. Go back and have their settings adjusted, then give yourself time to get used to them. It won’t happen straight away, but eventually you’ll wonder how you ever survived without them.
It’s also important to keep your expectations realistic. Remind yourself that hearing aids will not restore your natural hearing ability, and that most people have difficulty following conversations above loud background noise. With a bit of patience and persistence though, your new hearing aids can be life changing.
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