Getting used to your hearing aid
Congratulations! You made the decision to enhance your life with new hearing aids. Your professional hearing specialist will continue to guide you with any questions you may have once you are in your every day lifestyle. It can be to your advantage to keep track of any questions or concerns for your next follow up office visit.
The Mayo Clinic also offers the following suggestions to ensure your success.
“Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. You’ll likely notice your listening skills improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. Even your own voice sounds different when you wear a hearing aid.
When first using a hearing aid, keep these points in mind:
Hearing aids won’t return your hearing to normal. Hearing aids can’t restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds.
Allow time to get used to the hearing aid. It takes time to get used to your new hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you’ll adjust to amplified sounds.
Practice using the hearing aid in different environments. Your amplified hearing will sound different in different places.
Seek support and try to stay positive. A willingness to practice and the support of family and friends help determine your success with your new hearing aid. You may also consider joining a support group for people with hearing loss or new to hearing aids.
Go back for a follow-up. Providers may include the cost of one or more follow-up visits in their fee. It’s a good idea to take advantage of this for any adjustments and to ensure your new hearing aid is working for you as well as it can.