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Tips for Getting Used To Hearing Aids

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It takes patience and a bit of an effort to make optimal use of your hearing aid. You must make an endeavour to learn ways of getting adjusted to the new device so that you make the most of it. However, the kind of advantage you could get out of the device depends largely on factors like your physical health, your age, the severity and extent of hearing loss, how long you have been experiencing this hearing loss issue and how dedicated and motivated you are about improving your hearing.

Learning to hear would be requiring patience, regular practice, and sensible hearing expectations. You need to be realistic and must understand that it would be taking a reasonable amount of time for your brain, as well as, your ears to get adjusted to the idea and feel of a foreign body resting in there. Your ear seems to have a super active built-in alarm mechanism that would tell you the moment it senses any intruder. However, no need to panic. After a few weeks, everyone gets used to their hearing aids. Here are a few effective tips for you to get the best out of your hearing aid experience.

Seek Assistance from Your Audiologist or Healthcare worker

It is important to work in close coordination with your hearing health care worker with regard to the successful use of your hearing aid. You must come up with all your queries about your hearing issues and use of the device during the scheduled appointment. You must not forget to jot down any issues and concerns that crop up after you leave the hearing clinic. You must consult with the healthcare workers if you are experiencing some sort of a discomfort or pain. Remember modifications and adjustments could be made easily so that you get a good and comfortable fit.

Start with Simple Hearing Settings

Slowly start wearing the device only in familiar settings like home. Once you have got used to the working of your hearing aid, wear them and start striking up an active conversation with some familiar people. Avoid wearing your hearing aid in noisy places such as the airport, supermarket, or even a noisy restaurant during the first couple of days or so. You have to get used to it slowly and take it easy. You need to be patient as you need to realize that an adjustment period is necessary for you to be fully satisfied with your new device.

Take It Slowly

Remember that you were not able to hear the sound around you because of your hearing impairment and so it is quite normal now for your brain to require some time to get used to and respond to hearing again. It is quite natural to feel that some sounds are louder and unfamiliar than you remember, even though the volume of your device seems to be at comfortable levels. If you feel excessively overwhelmed or exhausted while using your new device, it is better to consider turning down the volume or going for a short break. You need to get adjusted to hearing differently. You simply cannot feel the difference overnight.

Avoid Getting Put Off Simply Because They Feel Slightly Weird in the Beginning

You need to understand that your ears require some time to get adjusted with the new device, the new feel; just the same way as your nose would take time to get used to spectacles when you wear them the very first time. The funny or the odd feeling is bound to go away in just a few days.

Make a Strong Commitment

Commit to wearing the device every day. Try to use it in brand new listening situations and environments. Get gradually into the habit of wearing your hearing aids in everything you do, everywhere you go. Wear them to the theatre, on the phone, in churches, restaurants, auditoriums, or even while watching the television. Make the most of the device; try to hear as clearly as possible by facing the speaker. Try to keep reading aloud from time to time as this would help you in monitoring the volume and intensity of your voice. If you feel that you are talking very loudly verify with people around you. Your near and dear ones would be supportive every step of the way. They would help you in successfully regulating the exact volume of your voice when you are getting adjusted to your new device.


You could go to the hearing clinic and consult with your audiologist once you are really familiar with your device. You could discuss your problems if any. You could talk to your supplier and inform him that a specific sound seems too close to your ears. The supplier would help in focusing the device more accurately. Be patient and give yourself some time. Soon wearing your hearing aid would become a way of life.

Hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss

Published on January 30, 2016 at 2:35 AM

A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss.

Hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to serious emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance and diminished quality of life. Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much effort is put toward understanding speech.

“If you have some hearing impairment and you’re not using hearing aids, maybe you can figure out what the person has said, but that comes with a cost,” Desjardins explained. “You may actually be using the majority of your cognitive resources – your brain power – in order to figure out that message.”

As people age, basic cognitive skills – working memory, the ability to pay attention to a speaker in a noisy environment, or the ability to process information quickly – begin to decline.

Desjardins studied a group of individuals in their 50s and 60s with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss who had previously never used hearing aids.

They took cognitive tests to measure their working memory, selective attention and processing speed abilities prior to and after using the hearing aids.

After two weeks of hearing aid use, tests revealed an increase in percent scores for recalling words in working memory and selective attention tests, and the processing speed at which participants selected the correct response was faster.

By the end of the study, participants had exhibited significant improvement in their cognitive function.

Hearing Aid Research”Most people will experience hearing loss in their lifetime,” said Desjardins, who joined UTEP in 2013. “Think about somebody who is still working and they’re not wearing hearing aids and they are spending so much of their brainpower just trying to focus on listening. They may not be able to perform their job as well. Or if they can, they’re exhausted because they are working so much harder. They are more tired at the end of the day and it’s a lot more taxing. It affects their quality of life.”
Hearing loss affects more than 9 million Americans over the age of 65 and 10 million Americans ages 45 to 64, but only about 20 percent of people who actually need hearing aids wear them, Desjardins said.

Desjardins’ new study focuses on the use of hearing aids by Hispanics. Research shows that only five percent of Mexican-Americans wear hearing aids. She has developed a survey to investigate their attitudes toward hearing loss. The survey will be conducted at health fairs in the community, including the Mexican Consulate in El Paso,Texas.

Source:The University of Texas at El Paso