Have you finally acknowledged that your hearing, or lack of it, is becoming more and more of a problem, and have succumbed to being assessed and fitted with a hearing aid? If so, you’ll probably be interested to know that most adults are only fitted between five and seven years after their hearing problems become noticeable, so you’re not alone. Before that, the onset of hearing loss is so gradual that you may not have noticed that your hearing is starting to become impaired, although it’s likely to have been apparent to the people around you.
So now you’ve been fitted with your hearing aid, what should you expect?
First of all, don’t expect perfect hearing as you would expect 20/20 vision if you’ve been fitted with a new pair of spectacles. For a start, most basic hearing aids are not that smart; they’re unable to discriminate between sounds, therefore you may find that some speech is still a little muffled by the background noise. While this is changing, as researchers find ways to develop more discriminatory hearing aids, current hearing aids can’t fully compensate for your hearing loss. However, don’t be downhearted or discouraged, because the majority of hearing-impaired adults find that they function better and are much better off after they are fitted with a hearing aid, than they were when they were trying to cope with their hearing loss unaided.
Tips to help you adjust to your hearing aid
It takes a little time to realize the potential benefits of wearing hearing aids; both your ears and your brain are going to have to adjust to these new sounds and make them into your new ‘normal’. So here’s a few tips to help you through those early days, and if you’d like to know more about how to look after your new aid, click here for some great tips.