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The ability to fully regain your hearing is a modern miracle. Recent developments in hearing aids have made hearing loss easier than ever to treat. But your brain needs time to readjust to hearing sounds that you’ve never heard or haven’t heard clearly for some time. The following tips can help you become more comfortable with your new hearing aid.
Take Time to Adjust
You can’t rush your brain. Hearing is more complicated than you realize. And learning to hear again takes time and patience. You’re probably not going to immediately recognize every sound you hear. Wearing the hearing aid might even cause you some discomfort. Give yourself time to get used to the feeling. If the discomfort doesn’t subside, then you should contact your hearing specialist about an adjustment.
One way to adjust to hearing again is to sit quietly and just listen to the sounds around you. Certain sounds may seem too loud or jarring. That’s a normal reaction when learning to hear again. It’s your brain readjusting to your ability to clearly hear.
Limit Your Listening Time
Learning to hear again is often exhausting. You may feel better if you wear your aid for a few hours every day. When hearing feels overwhelming or you get tired, remove your aid and take a rest.
Try to spend a little more time each day adjusting to hearing again. The longer the aid is in your ear, the better you’ll get interpreting the sounds around you.
Read Out Loud to Yourself
Most people with hearing loss speak loudly. It’s not until after hearing loss treatment that they realize they’ve been speaking too loudly. But now that you’ve regained your hearing ability, you have to learn to regulate the volume of your voice.
Reading out loud is a good way to practice controlling your voice level. You’ll learn to gauge the best volume for a conversation. You’ll also learn to determine when you’re being louder than necessary. Reading out loud is also a good way to regain your familiarity with the sounds of several words.
Get Friends and Family to Help
Friends and family can help you readjust to sound. Spending time with several people will help you become comfortable hearing and speaking in a group setting. This process is easier when you’re with familiar people who understand you’re learning to hear again.
Familiarity with the voices is another reason why friends and family are recommended for this step. Your brain is already familiar with these sounds, so you’ll have an easier time identifying who is speaking.
You can also ask friends and family members to watch television with you. But have them set a volume that’s comfortable for their ears. You’ll have a chance to see how well you hear at a volume that’s comfortable to everyone else. You shouldn’t need the volume as loud as it was before your hearing treatment.
Take Note of Hearing Problems
Make a note of any sounds that continue to elude you. For example, do you find it difficult to hold a conversation in a crowded restaurant? You should have no difficulty hearing a person who is sitting directly across from you. Writing down your concerns makes it easier to discuss with your hearing specialist.
Take it Easy with the Volume
Some hearing aids automatically adjust to certain environments. And modern hearing aids usually require very little manual adjusting. Since you’re readjusting to sound, avoid making constant adjustments.
For example, you might lower the volume if you’re in a movie theater because you’re not accustomed to the sound. Or you might raise the volume when you’re in a quiet setting, like a library. Instead of making a manual adjustment, allow your hearing aid and ears to work together.
Celebrate the Return of Your Hearing
Things might not sound exactly as they did before your hearing loss treatment. And it will take time for you to readjust. But don’t beat yourself up about it. Celebrate the fact that you can finally hear again.
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing and struggle with communication, contact us today. We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we’re here to help!