Can You Hear Me Now

hearingaid2How to Adjust to Your Hearing Aid.

Some of the common complaints about adjusting to wearing hearing aid devices are the presence of so many new sounds. It can be difficult to process, distinguish, and figure out the direction of some sounds. Users are often unsure of both the direction that the sound is coming from and how close it is. Some sound enters the ear at just the right angle so that it becomes a distraction, rather than just another sound in daily life.

Yes, a hearing aid is supposed to amplify the sounds of daily life, but most wearers want to hear their conversations, class lectures, and office meetings clearer (and sometimes the birds chirping across the park on their days off), but not all competing at the same time. So, what should a new hearing aid wearer do to overcome the stimuli overload and adjust to their new sense once and for all?

Going from hearing impaired to the use of hearing aid devices is an adjustment in every way. The audiologist should warn you that there will be an adjustment period. The audiologist is the one that performs the diagnostic tests to determine the need for each patient’s ears, their individual threshold of sound processing. They inform each patient that there will indeed be a period of adjustment that they will have to endure, from the small sounds of bugs buzzing around to someone walking up the stairs in the next room and the big sounds like passing planes or the bombardment of traffic sounds.

The processes of communication, such as conversing with multiple people at once, may also seem overwhelming. And the simple auditory stimuli, such as the television or radio, may seem a little strange because there will be sounds that the commercials and shows will be making that couldn’t be heard before. They may even sound strange because of the speaker element.

Some new users may feel as though they have to adjust to hearing the sound of their own voice. But, their audiologist will recommend working through this period of adjustment by starting out using your hearing aid tools in familiar places. Then, it is critical for each person to gradually increase the amount of places where they use it and gradually increase the volume over time of exposure. It is also important to take breaks because paying attention to the all of the stimuli can be tiring. This will also help them ease into with situations of multiple stimuli that would have otherwise been distracting if tried suddenly.

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