When you need a sweater to stay warm, you don’t leave it in the drawer on a cold day. So when you need a hearing aid to engage in conversation, why would you leave the house without one?
People with hearing loss report that there are a number of reasons why they might leave their hearing aids in the drawer, but often it simply comes down to improper usage.
Some people state that they don’t wear their hearing aids because they are unable to distinguish speech from the amplified background noise. This is a matter of training your ear to use the hearing aids via exercises designed to help increase speech clarity from everyday background sounds. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
You can fine-tune your hearing aids by starting with a few simple exercises such as concentrated listening to soft sounds in a quiet environment. You could try jangling some keys, rustling papers, clicking a pen, turning on a light switch and so on.
Follow a conversation
Once you’ve attuned your ears and hearing aids to these sounds, you can move on to following simple one-on-one conversation. Start with something easy, like calling an automated clock or listening to the TV or radio with the sound low.
Become accustomed to loud noises
Once you’ve completed the first two steps, you can tackle louder sounds, like the street noises, or the busy din of a local café. Once you’ve grown used to these layers of sound you can add conversation to the mix.
Visit your hearing clinician
Another reason people give as to why they don’t wear their hearing aids, is that they may be ill fitting. If your hearing aids are uncomfortable, too big or too small or causing discomfort and pain or they keep falling out then you should definitely visit your audiologist to get refitted.
The trick is to learn to focus your hearing and not to become discouraged or give up.