So you have finally taken the right step towards addressing your hearing loss problem, and now have gotten your very first pair of hearing aids. You owe yourself a pat on the back for having made this choice as many others would have done otherwise for a variety of reasons.
Now that you have these sweet devices, you’ll be able to stop the decline of cognitive abilities that comes with your impairment, and possibly, even start improving your mental prowess. Unknown to many though, upon your first aids, there will be an adjustment period that you’ll have to go through.
Getting Used To It
If you’ve read enough articles on your disability, or probably your ENT or audiologist discussed this with you, the brain is an essential part of our capability to hear. The auditory system is what captures sounds, but our brains are in charge of deciphering these sounds and interpreting what these are and what they actually mean.
Your new hearing aids will start amplifying sounds at a volume a person with healthy ears should hear. The volumes at which these noises are on, and the new things you start to perceive through your ears, will at first feel new and unusual to you. But this is nothing to be worried about as your brain needs only time to get accustomed to these.
The Proper Attitude
During the time your hearing problem was unaddressed, your body adjusted to accommodate this handicap until it became your new “normal.” This is especially the case in situations where the loss of hearing happened gradually.
With your new devices, you could start to feel overwhelmed and fatigue easily during the first times you wear them. Feel free to take them off to take a break. Give your mind and body the rest it needs. You don’t have to bombard yourself with an uncomfortable feeling. Take it slow, and be patient yet positive and persistent. Before you know it, you’ll be wearing those hearing aids with ease, not even noticing you have them on.
Practice using them in new settings, too. Don’t be afraid to wear them in new places. But still be mindful to avoid things that are ear-damaging, and heed the advice and warnings of your hearing specialist when using these devices.
Activities And Practice
Like anything you need improvement in, there needs to be practice. Consult with a hearing professional on this as they can provide you with fun activities and games so you can better adapt to your hearing aids faster.
Please be cautious with where you get your hearing aids. Make sure you got yours from a reputable specialist who fitted you with the proper device. The right one for you would depend on the intensity of your disability. Getting the wrong fit will only make hearing a nuisance for you, and could potentially worsen things.
Do not hesitate to go back to the hearing professional when your devices are too loud or the opposite, so they can be adjusted. To be at ease, ensure your specialist is a licensed practitioner and is genuinely concerned about their patients’ health. Call Beltone DFW at (888) 958-8432 to get in touch with one.