I am a new hearing aid user; do you have any helpful tips?

Posted on December 28, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Blog, Hearing Loss

Mar 30th, 2012

Featuring Linda Donaldson, Clinical Audiologist, MA CCC-A FAAAFirst, please allow me to congratulate you on the purchase of your new hearing aids. This is an investment in yourself and the lives of others. This takes courage to take necessary steps to better hearing and better understanding. I want to encourage you now because you may soon find yourself becoming discouraged. Here are a few tips you may find useful.Have realistic expectations. At first, when wearing your new hearing aid(s) it will take time to adjust. Your ears and brain will have to re-educate themselves to accept new sound patterns and amplification. Make your first goal to wear them for at least 30 days. Make additional 30-day goals two more times until you get to 90 days. Please don’t store your investment in the dresser drawer!

When wearing the new hearing aids you will suddenly hear many sounds you haven’t heard either before or in a very long time. You will have to become like a detective, finding out the source of these new sounds. You can either do this on your own or get the help of a loved one or friend. Just some simple noises in your own home may take some time to get used to.

Wear your hearing aids as long as you feel comfortable doing so. Make sure you try the hearing aids out in ALL situations. You are the judge when you want to wear them or not. Sometimes you don’t want to hear the background noise at a restaurant or social gathering. Other times, while enjoying a hobby, working or while engaging conversation you will find them irreplaceable. Just make sure you remove them before your morning shower!

Keep your follow up appointments with the examining Avada Hearing Care provider. Explain to them if you are having trouble adjusting to loud sounds. They will be able to adjust your hearing aids to protect you from overly loud sounds and you will still be able to hear faint speech.

Be a patient-patient. Keep all your follow up appointments whether you believe you need them or not. Be positive. Avada Audiology & Hearing Care helps thousands adjust to their new hearing aids and hearing loss–we will help you too!

About The Author:

Linda Donaldson, Clinical Audiologist, MA CCC-A FAAA