Hearing Aids and Retraining

Hearing Aids and Retraining 

 Retraining of the Hearing Process

There are hair cells within your ear that enable you to hear. As you grow older, these cells can become damaged and they don’t regenerate. When you lose these cells, you lose the ability to hear clearly and sometimes at all.


Some of the warning signs that you’re experiencing hearing loss include struggling to hear conversations that are taking place, feeling the need to ask someone to speak up or to repeat what they just said. 

Sounds can seem
distorted. At times, you might feel they’re too loud. When there are other
things going on in the background, you can’t hear what others are saying.
Sometimes age related hearing loss can be accompanied by tinnitus, which is a
ringing in the ear.


You can replace
hearing that’s lost by the use of a hearing aid but you can’t just buy them and
expect that you can go on your way. Hearing aids mean that you have to learn
how to adjust to life with these devices because you will hear differently with
the use of them.

A hearing aid uses a microphone to get sound. Once it gets the sound, it
changes the sound into a signal. The signal then goes to an amplifier. You hear
these sound waves because of the hearing aid’s speaker.


When you get
hearing aid, there are some tips you can follow to make the transition less
stressful. Expect that there will be a period of adjustment. Your ears have to
get used to being able to hear clearly again and things may seem abnormally


Wear the
hearing aid for short periods of time, increasing the time every day. During
this period, you may need to have adjustments made to the aid in order to get
the sounds as they should be heard.


You might not
be completely comfortable when you first use the hearing aid. This is normal.
You hear has to adjust just like you have to adjust whenever you get a new pair
of glasses.


Today’s hearing
aids can automatically adjust the volume so that you don’t have to constantly
change it depending on your surroundings. If you decide to change the volume,
be careful that you don’t set it too high.


This can cause
sound distortion. Wearing a hearing aid can make it easier to hear
conversations. Before you received your hearing aid, you may have started
moving in closer to people in order to hear.


Now that you
have it, you’ll have to adjust to hearing the volume at which others speak
especially if you’re with a group of people. You’ll have to relearn how to tell
sounds apart once you get a hearing aid because when you first get one, all the
sounds will blend together, including background noise.


It will take
time for the brain to relearn how to differentiate between background noise and
what you’re trying to focus on listening to. It may take a few weeks for this


When you have a
hearing aid, you’ll need to learn how to adjust to the way different places
will sound. What you hear while walking outside at the park might sound like
the perfect volume.


But then you
step inside an enclosed space and the acoustics change how you’ll hear things.
In a closed room, this can be overwhelmingly loud. You’ll want to change where
you sit in proportion to where the speakers or sound system is.


This might mean
sitting in the middle of the room instead of up front. You’ll have to relearn
to speak in a normal tone of voice. When people experience hearing loss, they
can’t hear how loud they sound.


If you’re
someone who uses a cell phone often, you’ll want a hearing aid that’s
compatible with a cell phone. You might end up having to get a new cell phone
if yours isn’t hearing aid compatible.


Don’t mix
dampness and your hearing aid. This can damage the technology. Once you shower
or take a bath, you’ll want to wait at least twenty minutes before you put in
your hearing aid.


When you
purchase your hearing aid, ask whether or not comes with a telecoil. This is an
option with many hearing aids but this coil picks up magnetic signals easier
because it acts as an antenna. These are helpful in places like theaters,
auditoriums, churches and more. 

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