Successful hearing aid use is achieved through a strong partnership between you and your clinician.
It will take some time to get used to new hearing aids and we called this the 'adaption phase'. Quite often, a hearing aid user has not heard 'normally' for a while and learning to hear again takes both time and effort. On average, it takes about 1-2 months to get used to your new hearing aids. Once you (and your brain!) have adapted to your hearing aids, listening will be easier and the newly heard sounds will become more natural and clear.
What can you do to successfully adapt to your hearing aids?
- Wear the hearing aids as prescribed by your clinician.
- Call the clinic if you have any concerns. Many issues that arise can be addressed over the phone.
- Keep a positive attitude, knowing you are on your way to improving your ability to communicate.
- Be persistent by wearing your hearing aids even if they sound a bit strange in the beginning. You will adapt if you persist.
Before you are fit with your new hearing aids, there are some things that you should expect.
- Greater ease, satisfaction and confidence in conversation, especially in quiet settings.
- Reduced stress and fatigue from straining to listen.
- You may begin hearing soft sounds that you couldn’t hear before, such as footsteps, fans, creaking floors, and so on. This is normal and to be expected.
- To help your hearing aids function at their best, adopt some of these strategies: face the person you're speaking to; do your best to find a quiet place; pay attention to facial expressions and gestures; ask your friend to sit in the light so you'll be better able to see their mouth.
- Your hearing aids will not restore your hearing capabilities to the way they were before you developed hearing loss. Hearing aids make it easier for one to communicate with one's friends and family, but they are corrective devices and cannot completely cure hearing loss. However, what they can do is help maximize one's hearing ability and greatly improve one's quality of life.
- Hearing aids do not eliminate all background noise. Background noise is a nuisance for everyone, even normal hearing individuals.
- Expect an optimal "distance for hearing." Hearing aids work best when what you are trying to hear is within a range of 15 feet or closer and within the same room.
- Expect Repairs: You should realize that hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated devices being inserted in the ear canal where moisture and cerumen (ear wax) are waiting to attack any foreign object. The majority of repairs can be avoided with regular and careful maintenance.
The Hearing Test: What to Expect
Every year many people visit their doctor for a physical. Most of the time, your physical doesn’t include a hearing evaluation. However, it’s just as important to get your hearing checked on a regular basis. Since hearing loss usually goes unnoticed for years, a hearing test could provide an early alert to hearing related problems.
- A hearing test is performed by an Audiologist or a Hearing Instrument Specialist
- It is painless and non-invasive
- A hearing test is complimentary
Your hearing will be measured in a sound-treated test booth. The objective is to find the softest volume level you can hear, through a series of tones at different pitches. The test takes no more than an hour and is detailed enough to determine if hearing aids are required or not. Your clinician will provide you with an explanation of the results and the effects it may have on your hearing.
Our Dedication, Your Commitment
Your success depends on you and your dedication to improving your hearing health and, by extension, improving your quality of life.
Getting used to your hearing instruments is a process that takes time and it involves you taking charge of your hearing health. To do this you must stay committed to improving day by day, step by step.
Wearing hearing aids is no different than wearing a pair of glasses. By wearing your hearing aids every day and making them a part of your lifestyle, you will become more comfortable and more confident.
We plan to support you throughout the rehabilitation process, year over year. Our dedication to your continued hearing healthcare is for life.