Hearing loss solutions
Life with a hearing aid
Adjusting to a new hearing aid can take time and some perseverance. We advise between 6 to 12 weeks as a guideline, but some people can adapt quicker and some slower. Everyone is different. The important thing is to persevere and take things at your own pace, meaning you will get much more satisfaction from your hearing aids in the long term.
By following our simple 3 step programme you can get the most out of your hearing aid. And remember, we’ll be with you all the way with any help, advice or support you might need.
Step 1: Getting to know your hearing aids
If it is your first time wearing hearing aids, it could be overwhelming and feel rather unusual. Taking your time to familiarise yourself with your hearing aids will help you get the most out of them.
- Understand your hearing aids and their features
- Practice removing and replacing the batteries
- Practice fitting your hearing aids in your ears so you feel comfortable and confident
Step 2: Adjusting to amplification
As hearing loss is gradual, often by the time you get your hearing aids, your ears haven’t been working properly for some time. You will need to get used to hearing again as you retrain your brain. Wearing your hearing aids will stimulate your ears to send sound to your brain and ‘wake it up’. Here are some ways to adjust to the amplification.
Slow and steady wins the race
Don’t feel the need to wear your hearing aids all day every day from day one; it’s often best to start slowly and steadily build up from 2 hours a day to 4 hours, then to 6 hours and so on until you are comfortable wearing them all day.
It’s likely that in the early days of wearing a hearing aid every day, you may perceive sounds differently and even notice sounds you haven’t heard for a while. Persevere, as with time, your brain will learn to tune in to the sounds you want to hear (for example, speech) and ‘turn down’ the sounds you do not want to hear (like background noise).
Building up the amount of time you wear your hearing aids will also help you to get used to the feel of them in your ears. With time, they become more comfortable.
Start with easy listening environments and build up
Start off by wearing your hearing aid in places and situations where it is easy to listen. Try talking in a quiet room to just one person at a time to help you get used to amplified sounds without any distractions. When you feel ready, try busier situations where several people are speaking or where background noise is present. compare what you are hearing with someone else in the room – this can help you work out if your hearing ad needs adjustment. Also, note down any areas you still feel are a challenge and discuss this with your Hearing Care Professional at your follow up appointments - this will help them to make any necessary fine tuning adjustments.
Read aloud to yourself
You'll notice that your voice sounds different when you're wearing your hearing aids. Your voice compared to others may sound louder as it's closer to the receiver (the part of the hearing aid that ‘captures’ sounds). This will become much more natural over time.
Have realistic expectations
Hearing aids will help you hear sounds that are difficult to hear without amplification, such as women's and children's voices or birds chirping. However, you probably won’t be able to hear as well as you dd when you were 18!
It’s also unlikely that your hearing aids will cut out all background noise, but that is a good thing. Background sounds are important as they give you valuable information about what's happening around you. Although your hearing aids may not always cut out these unwanted sounds, they will help you focus on important sounds like speech.
Step 3: Looking after your hearing aids
Ears are warm and moist. As your hearing aid is an electronic device, it needs some care to work well in its environment. The good news is regular care and cleaning of your hearing aids can help to keep them working better for longer.
How to care your hearing aids:
- Clean and maintain your hearing aids daily
- Ensure battery door is open at night
- Replace wax protection devices monthly
- Use a drying tub every night
- Making appointments when you need our Professionals to assist you with cleaning maintenance
- Attending follow-up appointments
Digisound Hearing provides cleaning and accessory products for all your maintenance needs at a great value.
Our Hearing Care Professionals are always here to help with rehabilitation after hearing aid fitting and cleaning and care. Book your appointment online or call us today at +65 6338 9626 to schedule your
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