Properly Fitting Hearing Aids

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Family and friends should be aware that a lot of patience is required on the part of the wearer, as well as family and friends, when someone is first using hearing aids. Professionals fitting hearing aids for people should also be patient in their task and with the new wearer. Counselling on the maintenance and care of the hearing aid is the easiest part, the difficult part is learning to listen through the hearing aid. The person wearing the hearing aid must also learn to be patient with themselves. Counselling on the maintenance and care of the hearing aid is the easiest part, the difficult part is learning to listen through the hearing aid.

To fully adapt to the use of hearing aids, the normal brain takes between six and eight weeks. In certain circumstances, the adjustment period may take up to 6 months depending on the age of the patient and the condition of the brain. As a rule, more adjustment time is needed for a person of advanced age; the older, the more time needed. For people who are older or have other cognitive issues, the acclimation period can stretch to as long as 3-6 months. Older people need more time to become comfortable with the use of a hearing aid compared to younger counterparts.

If severe hearing loss has been present, the person is often unaware that when he speaks, he should be hearing his own voice. Something that trips up many people is that they do not remember the sound of their own voice when they are talking. Simply being able to hear themselves talk may require some time.

When they finally hear their own voice, they may assume that they are shouting or speaking too loudly. In addition, he begins to notice environmental sounds that were present in the room but, which he was not aware because of the hearing loss. When a new hearing aid user notices that his own voice sounds louder, he will often ask you if he is shouting. In addition, he begins to notice environmental sounds that were present in the room but, which he was not aware because of the hearing loss. The wearers may find the new sounds that they can hearing discomforting until they realize what they are and learn how to tune them out.

The brain is now asked to perform several functions in addition to the identification of the sound, the decision as to pay heed to it or not, and the difficulty of isolating a voice from the background noise surrounding it. Speaking louder will not help the hearing aid wearer to hear you better and can, in fact, be painful for them. These new sounds also require the brain to take on a new role identifying such sounds and deciding if it should be considered important or not. This also come into play when speech has to be sorted out from background noise. Family members and friends have to remember not to shout anymore as their shouting can be painful to the hearing aid user. In the period of adjustment for new hearing aid users, additional patience is required to let them become familiar with the hearing devices as well as the new sounds that they will be hearing in their environment.

But unlike those who benefit from the help provided, there are those for whom hearing aids will offer very little assistance.

There are several factors one must take into consideration when trying to figure out if a hearing aid is right for them, like how severe the hearing loss is, how long it's been since it occurred, how old the patient is and their attitude about the situation, and how easily they will be able to acclimate to the situation.

When you plan to get a hearing aid you need to keep in mind that you won't be fixing your hearing problem completely, but it can improve your life situation by allowing you to communicate more easily with people who surround you.

Keeping your hearing aid well maintained and in good operating condition is also very important. Heat and humidity can be brutal on hearing aids, so you will need to keep up some daily maintenance so it doesn't break down. Excess moisture and ear wax can keep your hearing aid from working. It is necessary for the wearer to clean the hearing aid on a daily basis in order for the sound to come through. The hearing aid should also be cared for through proper maintenance. The heat and humid weather of summer can damage a hearing aid which does need some occasional servicing to keep it running perfectly. Earwax and moisture are the two biggest culprits that can keep your hearing aid from functioning. The hearing aids need to be cleaned daily to allow the sound to channel through. Seemingly insignificant amounts of ear wax can have substantial effects on the functioning of the hearing aids and may affect sound quality or even kill the hearing aid.

Hearing aids that are malfunctioning due to a wax buildup in the electronic components will be costly to repair, so you want to avoid this scenario. This is a problem to watch for year round. If ear wax gets too far into the inner workings of the device, you may have to pay for costly repairs. Be aware that this can happen year round and is not solely possible in the summer. You should always be sure to store your hearing aid in a cool dry location, and not in the bathroom.

Clean the device several times each day with the special, prepared wipes available. Open the battery door of the hearing aid when not in use as this will helps air out the hearing aid and prolong battery life. If you already have some wipes for your hearing aid, clean it out once or twice daily. Unfasten your hearing aid's battery flap when you aren't using it so as to ventilate it and extend the battery life. Lastly, having your hearing aid cleaned and serviced at least every 6 months will ensure its continued functionality and can prevent small problems from becoming big expensive hassles.

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