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When you initially obtain your hearing aid, bear in mind that your brain has forgotten what it’s like to hear so many things. This can be stressful and exhausting at first, so give yourself plenty of time to adjust to your new hearing aid. Your eyes require time to adjust whether you wake up after a long, deep sleep or walk out of a dark theatre into the scorching sun. In a similar way, your ears must adjust.
As one of the best hearing aid centres in the city, we have listed some of our best ideas to help you get acclimated to your hearing aid.
Here are some easy exercises that will help you get the most out of your hearing aid:
- Listen: Consider what you’re hearing and make a conscious effort to pay attention. It’s easy to fall into the habit of asking, “What did you say?” to everyone you meet, but it’s critical to take the time to find it out for yourself. It’s possible that your own voice will sound weird at first, but this will pass within a short period of time.
- Follow the conversation: Listen to and participate in conversation with a familiar person in a calm, quiet, and comfortable atmosphere, or watch television or listen to the radio at home. This can help you digest information faster, allowing you to hear and understand speech more quickly.
- Make it more challenging for yourself: Try wearing your hearing aid in a noisy place like a supermarket or on a busy street to see how well it works. It’s vital to be patient in these situations, but your hearing will gradually recover.
- Learn how to cancel out background noise: Practice focusing on a person speaking with other noises in the background to learn to cut out the noise. You may do this at home with a buddy or relative while the TV or air conditioning is on. This may need a lot of work at first, but it will become second nature over time. But keep in mind that even those with average hearing sometimes struggle to hear in noisy situations.
Start in a Simple Setting
When you realise that your brain has forgotten what it's like to hear so many different sounds, you realise that it needs to be retrained in order to regain its normal hearing abilities. Before moving on to more difficult hearing circumstances, start in a quiet environment or at home while watching TV.
Continue Your Practice
The more you practise, the more you will benefit, just like anything else in life. Begin with using your hearing aid for a few hours each day, and then progressively increase the length and complexity of the situations. The more you practise the more at ease you'll feel and the more confident you'll be in your ability to enjoy your life.