If you have been dealing with hearing loss for years, then it’s a great choice to visit the audiologist and invest in hearing aids. But once you have them, it can seem like a big life change at first, and maybe a little tricky to get used to. Here are some things to consider to help you adjust to your new hearing aids.
Give it Time
What many people who have never experienced hearing aids don’t know is that there is an adjustment period. Your audiologist will probably tell you that your hearing doesn’t immediately improve the first time you wear them. Every person is different, and sometimes adjusting will happen quickly or slowly. So, don’t be surprised if your hearing aids are underwhelming at first. The important thing is that you commit to wearing them consistently so that your ears can have enough opportunity to adapt.
Another important thing to remember with hearing aids is that they won’t be the same as having perfect hearing. You will need to get used to them in different noise environments, and though your hearing will improve greatly, you might not reach the level that you had before hearing loss. Having the right expectations is important, but don’t be discouraged. Hearing aids are a great tool that can dramatically improve your quality of life. If you focus on that instead of having less-than-optimal hearing, which most people don’t truly have, then you will learn to enjoy wearing hearing aids.
Communication is Key
Whether someone is adopting a pet, getting braces, starting counseling, or making any major life adjustment, it is important to be open about when something is and isn’t working. You should keep up the lines of communication with your audiologist, and they will be happy to answer any questions or address problems with your hearing aids. Going a big transition alone might lead to unnecessary frustration.
Contact Bay Area Audiology Today!
Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
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