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A Guide To Hearing Aids

By Hannah Garcia

Getting used to a new hearing aid can take a lot of patience not only from the wearer but from their friends and family as well. The person who is fitting the hearing aid onto its new wearer also needs to be patient. In many cases, learning how to care for and maintain a hearing aid is far easier than learning how to listen through one. This doesn’t just include the user, his family, and friends; the professionals who are customizing the fit of the hearing aid should exhibit patience as well. The simplest aspect of having a hearing aid is being properly educated in its upkeep and oversight, while the hardest aspect of it is actually listening with it.

It usually takes from about six to eight weeks for the average brain to get used to this new method of hearing. But depending on how old the person is and in what condition their brain is, it could take as long as three to six months for the brain to become accustomed. In general, the older the person is the longer it will take them to get used to the hearing aid. The acclimation period can be three to six months depending on the age of the person and condition of the brain. Getting used to a hearing aid will be more difficult for someone who is older versus someone who is younger.

If severe hearing loss has been present, the person is often unaware that when he speaks, he should be hearing his own voice. So when they hear their own voice for the first time after getting the hearing aid it can be a bit surprising to them. This experience can be somewhat shocking or frightening, especially for people who are using hearing aids for the first time.

The person may ask you if they are shouting because their own voices can sound very loud to them at first. 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. They may find these new noises disturbing until they learn to filter out what is in the background and focus in on what they are trying to listen to. They might also notice all of the noises that come with being in various rooms of their home that they couldn’t hear prior to getting a hearing aid. These new sounds are disturbing until they are identified and the brain can choose to ignore or focus on the sounds.

This is going to be a new skill the new wearer must master, because they will have to be able to decipher the sounds of someone’s voice over any other noise that is going on. Anyone who is around the patient will have to remember they don’t need to shout anymore, and if they do they can hurt the ears of the new wearer. There are positive and negative aspects to wearing a hearing aid, and those around the hearing aid wearer must be patient in letting the new user learn to interact with their new hearing abilities. Friends and family members who may have become accustomed to shouting to be heard will have to relearn how to talk to the patient as all that shouting can be painful to a hearing aid user. The people close to a new hearing aid user need to be patient while he learns how to function with a hearing aid and deals with both the positive and negative changes that come with hearing aid use.

While wearing aids can be of benefit to most hearing impaired persons, hearing aids will provide very little help for some people

Benefit from the use of the hearing aid is influenced by the degree of hearing loss, the length of time without auditory stimulation, the age and attitude of the patient, the ability of the person to process what they hear, proper counselling and the appropriateness of the hearing aid for the hearing loss

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.

Regular maintenance to keep the aid in top condition is a priority. In summertime heat and humidity can take its toll on hearing aids, and they do need some maintenance to keep them in working order. Moisture and earwax are the biggest enemies of hearing aids. If the sound is to channel through the device properly, daily cleaning is a must. The smallest amount of ear wax can affect the quality of sound received by the wearer, or even cause the hearing aid to weaken or die because of clogging. The heat and humid weather of summer can damage a hearing aid which does need some occasional servicing to keep it running perfectly. Moisture and earwax are the biggest enemies of hearing aids. The hearing aids need to be cleaned daily to allow the sound to channel through. Earwax can cause the hearing aid to run low, or die as well as distort the sound quality for the user.

If the ear wax gets into the electronics of the aid, it can mean an expensive repair. Ear wax can pose a problem for hearing aids at any time of the year. Never store a hearing aid in a bathroom or other damp place to prevent moisture build up and damage. That can happen any time during the year not just summertime. Never store the hearing aid in a damp place like a bathroom to keep moisture from building up.

If you have been provided with hearing aid wipes, clean your aid frequently throughout the day. When you are taking a break from using the hearing aid, open the battery door to allow it to air out, so the battery will last longer. Getting your hearing aids cleaned and checked every six months will help prevent problems down the road and keep your hearing aid running perfectly and for its expected lifetime. Unfasten your hearing aid’s battery flap when you aren’t using it so as to ventilate it and extend the battery life. Every six months you should have your hearing aid cleaned and checked to keep it in top condition, maintain a high quality of hearing and protect your investment.

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