Signs Of Hearing Loss And How To Deal With It
The first step to successful hearing aid use is accepting your hearing loss. Having a positive attitude towards a hearing solution will make the process that much easier.
Increasing the volume of the TV/radio beyond normal listening levels. Feel that others are mumbling when they speak or they speak softly. Asking others to repeat themselves. Finding it increasingly hard to hear conversations in background noise. Becoming frustrated and tense in social situations because you cannot clearly hear others. Depending on your spouse, friends, and family members to clarify and repeat things that were said to you. Avoiding social situations with more than one speaker because it is difficult to hear and understand them.
Acceptance is the Key to Success
Your hearing loss is permanent. Your hearing loss is affecting your quality of life and social relationships. Your hearing loss is noticeable to others. Your best solution is a hearing aid. On average it takes some people up to seven years to accept their hearing loss and do something about it. Valuable time may be lost which could affect your friendships, career opportunities and overall quality of life as you feel more isolated from others and withdraw from situations because of your hearing loss. Our Hearing Professionals will guide you step by step to answer all your questions and to ease your mind, making the process towards better hearing as simple as possible.
Those who take the initiative and are willing to learn how to use their hearing aids receive the best outcomes. How well your hearing aid works is up to you. Having a spouse, family member or a friend help you may also ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids.
It’s important to recognize that a hearing aid will never replace the organic hearing system. Therefore having realistic expectations and focusing on improvements in hearing, rather than perfection is the key to successful hearing aid use and improved quality of life. If your hearing loss happened progressively over time, your brain has been deprived of certain sounds. And with the use of a hearing aid your brain will be re-introduced to these sounds, which at this point are quite unfamiliar. Therefore the user will have an acclimatization period (which is different from user to user). This means the brain learns to get used to the sounds once more.
First Time Hearing Aid Users may Find:
Conversational speech may sound weird. You can hear your own voice through the hearing aids. You can hear strange sounds in your everyday surrounding that may appear weird and unusual. These are all very usual comments and experiences with the first time hearing aid user. What you are hearing are the high-pitch speech and environmental sounds, which you have been deprived of for so long. However, the good news is that your brain is extremely flexible and will adapt to these sounds after a period of adjustment.
Dedication & Patience
Having the dedication and patience to learn to use your hearing aids will help you get the most out of them. Just like anything new that is introduced to our body and brain, it takes some time to adjust and get used to. Therefore we always encourage you to wear your hearing aids as often as possible, first thing in the morning and removing them before you go to bed at night. Wearing your hearing aids during your normal daily activities is recommended, and you should notice the difference they make in hearing the sounds of the world. Should you require more practice with your hearing aids, our Hearing professionals will be happy to give you their expert instructions.
Stay In Touch
Your Hearing Professional is committed to help you achieve better hearing, and they will always be available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. You should stay in touch with your Hearing Professional and visit the clinic whenever you may have any concerns or need further instructions. As a standard practice we book a two-week follow-up appointment with all new hearing aid users to accommodate for any adjustments to the hearing aids. During these two weeks you will have had time to wear your hearing aids in a variety of real-life situations and will be able to relay your experiences and preferences to your Hearing Professional. Should you require any adjustments the Hearing Professional would be able to make those changes for you right away. Your Hearing Professional is your Hearing Expert and will work with you to ensure you are gaining the most benefit from your hearing aids. They are highly experienced and specially educated in the auditory system, completing comprehensive hearing assessments, counseling and dispensing of hearing instruments. Remember, your hearing health is our number one priority and we will work with you until you are satisfied.
Once you gain better hearing with your hearing aids, you inspire others to take the same step towards better hearing. You may now be more inclined to helping a loved one seek the same solutions to their hearing problems. People often listen to someone who they can relate to, and will be more willing to do something about their own hearing loss with the encouragement and support of their friends and loved ones. We would be happy to reserve your referrals and introduce your friends or loved ones to solutions for better hearing. With our Friend-Referral Program we award our clients for every referral made to our clinic.