Wearing Hearing Devices ProperlyAugust 15, 2016
Getting new hearing instruments can require you to be a bit patient so that you can grow accustomed to your new hearing world. Over time, hearing loss eliminates several sounds which suddenly reappear as a result of wearing hearing aids, thus these sounds can take some time to get used to. It is common to feel a sense of exasperation over the initial period, but over time you can work with your audiologist to help you adjust your hearing device settings and help you regain your optimal sense of hearing. Here are some recommendations that can help you adjust to your new hearing aids.
Make sure that you take time out each day to continue wearing your hearing devices as often as possible. It can be a bit uncomfortable at first, but gradually you will grow accustomed to them and will soon find that you are looking forward to wearing them since they can truly enhance your hearing experience. The pathways to your ears and brain will slowly begin to coordinate and adjust to your new hearing capacities and this will help improve your hearing over time. Wearing your hearing devices consistently and frequently will help you adjust more quickly. Start off slow and begin increasing the number of hours you wear your hearing aids each day to make sure that you get into the habit of using them frequently over time.
It is important to be tolerant with yourself about your new hearing abilities since regaining your sense of hearing can take time. In addition, it would be helpful to adapt hearing goals that are practical and achievable. Make sure you challenge yourself to the best of your abilities and set small, tangible hearing goals that you can realistically achieve each day so that you can gain motivation and inspiration through your daily success.
Keep an open mind and encourage positive self-talk to help keep you inspired and reasonable when it comes to wearing your hearing aids. Work with your audiologist to help you figure out what your optimal hearing situations are and work with you to overcome the hearing challenges you may be facing in some situations. Be flexible and be honest with your feedback so that your audiologist can guide you effectively.
Many people take time out to learn more about their particular type of hearing loss so that they can understand their situation better and help share this information with their loved ones. Educate yourself as much as possible so that you can help yourself and those around you to help you achieve the most out of your hearing aid experience.