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Hearing Loss And Adjusting To Hearing Aids

Jul 25, 2008
Living with hearing loss can become very frustrating and you can feel isolated around groups of people. If you have made the decision to purchase a hearing device to help your hearing then you are on the road to a more enjoyable life.

Once you go to your ear doctor he will give you some feedback as to what type of hearing aid you may want to choose, but the most popular is the inner ear hearing aid.

One thing that you need to know as soon as you start using your new hearing aid is that it can take some time to learn the best way to use it. Many people have very high expectations and feel that their hearing should be like it was before their hearing loss, but that is just not the case.

The truth is with a hearing aid your background noise is amplified and you will have to learn how to adjust your volume in different environments.

It may take you some time to completely feel comfortable with the hearing aid in your ear. Most users generally have the hearing aid for most parts of the day, and if this is the case with you, you might want to know what to expect as you get your body acquainted with your new hearing aid.

The hearing aid will be uncomfortable at first. Fortunately, the adjustment period is a time for you to get used to your hearing aids. The best advice would probably be to use your hearing aids as often as you can, since the longer you use it, the sooner your body can adjust to the changes that it brings with it.

Another way to become well-adjusted to your hearing aid is to familiarize yourself with its parts and how to take care of it. Know how to put it in and take it out, adjust the volume controls, how to clean it, how to replace the batteries, et cetera. Your audiologist is often available to guide you through all these steps.

Initially, your may perceive your own voice to be too loud. This is called the occlusion effect and is very common in new hearing aid users. The more you use your hearing aid the sooner you will get used to this effect. Some users adjust to the occlusion effect within a few months. For those who are really bothered by this, the audiologist can further tune the hearing aid to reduce the volume.

You may also hear whistling, which is the result of a feedback. Feedback may be caused by the movement of a hand over the ear, an incorrect fit of the hearing aid or a build-up of ear wax. Regular visits to your audiologist will ensure that your hearing aid fits snugly and that possible defects in the hearing aid are promptly corrected.
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