|How to break-in a new hearing aid
Hearing aids have changed thousands of lives for the better but
getting used to one isn't exactly easy. The awkward process of
breaking-in a hearing aid is described by some professionals as "re-learning" how to hear. This is because you are forced to use skills you
probably haven't used in years.
These simple suggestions can make the transition go more
smoothly and pleasantly.
• Be patient with yourself. Many noises will sound more shrill
than you are used to because your ears can now pick up on
higher frequencies than before. For this reason, a lot of things
won't sound the same as before, but you'll soon learn to recognize the new sounds.
• Know your surroundings. Some environments will be easier
to hear in than others. Noise in rooms with lots of hard surfaces and busy activity will he louder than rooms with lots of
sound absorbers, like sofas and carpeting. Knowing where you
can hear best will help you make the most of your new ability.
• Learn how to use it. Have your doctor show you how to use
your hearing aid. Then you'll he comfortable adjusting and
maintaining it. When making adjustments, do so gradually.
You'll soon learn what settings work best for certain situations.
• Take things slowly. Don't start off wearing your hearing aid
24 hours a day. Take your time and build up slowly. You'll
eventually get used to it. At first, you may have a feeling of
fullness in your eats or think Your voice sounds hollow. Some
people feel like they have a head cold. Strangely enough, these
are all normal. And if it seems like too much of a hassle to put
up with, keep in mind you're getting your hearing back. That
ought to put a smile on your face.