Getting the Most Out of Hearing Aids
So you’ve finally decided to buy hearing aids, and that’s good, because it will make a huge difference in terms of what you can and can’t hear. However, you’ll only benefit from the hearing aids if you use them properly. If it’s your first time to use them, here are some tips to help you out.
Go to a Hearing Healthcare Professional
This is the first thing you should do, and in fact you should do this before you buy. The reason is a hearing healthcare professional has the tools and training necessary to diagnose your condition and the gravity of your hearing loss. They will also work with you to find the best type of hearing aids available as well as the type that fits your needs and budget.
Furthermore, a hearing healthcare professional can track your progress when you go for a checkup. Depending on your condition and how long it took you to get a hearing aid, your brain may no longer remember how to interpret the sounds that you were able to hear before. If that’s the case, a hearing healthcare professional will be able to help.
Aside from hearing rehabilitation, healthcare professionals can determine if there are other medical reasons for your hearing impediment and how to treat it. For these reasons, it’s essential that you see a hearing expert as soon as possible.
Get to Know Your Instruments
If you’ve never used hearing aids before, it will take time to get used to them, but you should persevere as it will make a huge difference. Some get overwhelmed with all the new sounds they hear and tire physically. If that’s the case, consult your hearing doctor, who will give you advice when to wear the hearing aids. After a while, the duration will increase until you’re used to wearing the hearing aids all the time.
Getting Used to Your Hearing Aids
The quickest way to get used to hearing aids is to wear them in different environments. If you’re at home, put them on and walk from room to room and try to identify the sounds that you’re hearing. Soon enough you’ll be able to recognize the sounds of keyboards, the clock, TV, etc. Make sure to check the features on your hearing aids to see if there are ways you can adjust it.
Don’t forget to engage in conversations with other people. One of the things you’ll need to get used to is the sound of other people’s voices, so ask someone to talk to you in a quiet room. How different is it compared to talking before without hearing aids? The more you use the hearing instruments, the quicker you’ll get used to it, so you just need to be patient.
If you think you need a hearing aid, make sure that you get a hearing aid prescription. For more details of our hearing test & assessment, and hearing aid services, please contact HK Hearing & Speech Centre.
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