Although nothing can replace your natural hearing, today’s advanced digital hearing aids work very well for most people when fit and adjusted appropriately by a highly trained audiologist. Hearing aids should be fit comfortably and should deliver a good sound quality. You should be able to notice a benefit when wearing them.
The following tips for hearing aid users will help you get the most benefit out of your hearing aids:
- Wear the hearing aids regularly to help your brain quickly adjust to better hearing.
- Wear the hearing aids only as long as you are comfortable wearing them. If they cause discomfort, notify your audiologist.
- Allow yourself time to adapt to wearing the hearing aids, and be patient. They can be adjusted if necessary.
- Do not strain to catch every word. Even people with normal hearing do not hear every word!
- Don’t be discouraged by background noise. Try reducing noise when appropriate or use good environmental tips, which your audiologist can recommend.
- Practice locating the source of the sound by listening only.
- Notify your audiologist if loud sounds are painful or uncomfortable. Fast-acting, advanced digital technology can help control loud sounds from becoming bothersome.
- Practice learning to discriminate different speech sounds by listening to audiobooks or having someone read aloud.
- Gradually increase the number of situations in which you use your hearing aids, and don’t be afraid to expose yourself to a variety of listening environments as you take note of your experiences.
- Discuss your communication needs and concerns with your audiologist. The doctoral-level audiologists with Associated Audiologists all have specialized training in aural rehabilitation have the experience to assist you.