Hearing loss 一 a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide 一 can be the result of a variety of factors, including age, exposure to loud noise, and certain medical conditions. Some causes of hearing loss are medically treatable. Excess ear wax, eardrum damage, and fluid buildup are common causes of hearing loss that can be treated by a physician. Infection and eustachian tube dysfunction often produce hearing loss that is reversible with appropriate medical or surgical treatment.
Together, Dr. Conrad McCutcheon and licensed audiologist Marty Lippeatt, Au.D., work with you to address both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss here at Memorial Village Sinus and Hearing in Houston, Texas.
For people with hearing loss, hearing aids can be an excellent solution to improve their quality of life. However, getting used to hearing aids can take some time and effort. Dr. Lippeatt works with you to prepare you for life with hearing aids, answer all of your questions, and help determine the best device settings for your needs.
Here are some general tips to help you as you get used to your hearing aids.
Expect that things will sound different
When you first begin wearing hearing aids expect things to sound different and loud. Your brain, which has been starved from sound signals, has to re-learn the sounds of speech and the surrounding environment. Give your brain time to adjust. Your perception of sounds will improve as your brain becomes used to these sounds.
Practice listening with your hearing aids
Practice listening for different sounds around you, such as birds chirping or a clock ticking. This helps your brain get used to processing sounds again. You can also practice having conversations with friends or family members in a quiet environment before moving on to noisier environments. Face your loved ones when they’re talking, and remember that it’s OK to ask them to slow down.
Get familiar with your hearing aid settings
Most hearing aids adjust automatically for different environments, however your hearing aids may allow you to control the settings for certain environments, for example: a quiet room, a noisy restaurant, or a crowded party. Make sure you understand how to adjust the settings on your devices, and practice using them in different environments.
If you have any questions about how to use your hearing aids, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re more than happy to answer your questions and make sure you feel confident with your new hearing aids.
Wear your hearing aids consistently
Consistency is key when it comes to getting used to your hearing aids. Wear them regularly every day, even if you don't think you need them in every situation. This helps your ears get used to the feel, better ensures your brain becomes familiar with new sounds, and makes the transition smoother.
Don't be afraid to reach out for assistance and encouragement. Both Dr. Lippeatt and support groups you can find through the Hearing Loss Association of America can help. Support groups are especially beneficial to connect you with others who’ve gone through the same experience.
Be patient with yourself
Most importantly, be patient with yourself! Getting used to hearing aids can take some time, and everyone's experience is different. Don't get discouraged if you don’t immediately acclimate to your new hearing aids.
Keep practicing and wearing your hearing aids consistently. With these tips, you'll be well on your way to adjusting to your hearing aids and enjoying all the sounds around you once again.
Is hearing loss holding you back? You can reach Memorial Village Sinus and Hearing by calling 281-822-3777 and setting up your hearing aid consultation today. You can also request an appointment online.