Adjusting to Life With Hearing Aids

Did you know that about three of every 1,000 kids in the United States are born with a detectable amount of hearing loss? This number increases with age, with roughly 15% of adults reporting difficulty hearing. The likelihood is especially high from age 60 and up. Once inserted in your ears, hearing aids can make a world of difference, enhancing both your hearing and your quality of life when you’re hard of hearing.

Learn much more about the benefits of hearing aids and whether you’re a good candidate by contacting us at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists.

Getting started with hearing aids

When you first receive hearing aids, we teach you how to use them properly. You learn how to place and remove the devices, how to clean them, and how to change the batteries as needed. For best results, ask any questions you may have early on and do your best to follow all provided instructions. 

How long you should wear your hearing aids

Your initial instructions for using your hearing aids include how many suggested hours you should wear them for starters. While this varies depending on factors such as the severity of your hearing impairment, many people do well with a few hours of hearing aid use per day at first. Over time, you can gradually increase the amount of time you wear them.

Wearing hearing aids for the first time

When you first use your hearing aids, it might seem as though certain sounds are overly loud or distracting. This is completely normal, as you need to gradually adjust to hearing at a normal volume. 

To ease the process, start by donning your hearing aids in a quiet place. If you start feeling overwhelmed or exhausted from the heightened sound, remove the devices. 

Combining reading and listening

One effective way to adjust to your hearing aids involves reading while you listen. When you’re reading a book, for example, read the text and listen to the audiobook at the same time. Watching TV and movies with closed captioning can also help. These practices help train your brain to associate various sounds and words. 

Engage in conversations

People who have had some level of hearing impairment often feel self-conscious engaging in conversations for fear of being told they’re shouting or struggling to follow along. You may also feel uncomfortable speaking and listening because the world sounds different once you have hearing aids. 

All of these are good reasons to proactively engage in conversations. If you feel anxious, let the person you’re speaking with know that you’re adjusting to your hearing aids. 

If you’re struggling with hearing loss or wish to benefit from hearing aids, contact us at Petoskey Ear Nose and Throat Specialists or request an appointment on our website.

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