Adjusting to hearing aids and setting expectations

Follow these steps to help you adjust to better hearing

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Adapting to hearing aids and setting expectations

Getting hearing aids to treat hearing loss is an important step, but it's not the finish line. When you first begin to use hearing aids, your brain will be startled once it begins receiving signals that its been missing. Your brain needs time to get reacquainted with high frequency sounds of speech and other noises. Adapting to hearing aids is a process that takes time, commitment, education, and patience.

Five steps to hearing success

The following principles have been used by thousands of hearing aid wearers to successfully transition to better hearing health.

  1. Acceptance
    Surprisingly, the first step begins before the purchase of hearing aids. Admitting and accepting your permanent hearing loss prepares you to get the help you need, to stop hiding or denying a hearing problem, and to end the pretense that you understand speech when in reality you may not.
    See FAQs – If I think I have a problem, what do I do?
  2. Positive attitude
    Step two is about making a personal choice to achieve better hearing with a positive attitude. Simply purchasing hearing aids does not signal success. To overcome hearing loss, you must have a desire to learn and determination to increase your ability to hear. People who approach hearing aid use with a positive attitude are far more likely to achieve success.
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  3. Education
    The most effective remedy for hearing loss is personal education. The more you know about your hearing loss and treatment, the more actively you can participate in your adjustment to hearing aid use. Hearing requires more than the ears. It’s a complex function that requires the cooperation of your brain and other senses.
    See FAQs – How do I know which hearing aid will be best for me?
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  4. Realistic expectations
    The fourth principle of success is to set realistic expectations. Hearing aids will help you hear better, but not perfectly. Focus on your improvement and remember the learning curve can take anywhere from six weeks to six months. Success comes from practice and commitment.
    See FAQs – Is there an adjustment period to wearing aids?
  5. Practice and patience
    Finally, the fifth principle of success is a combination of practice, time, and patience. Once you have logged sufficient hours for your brain to re-acclimate, you’ll be able to hear without thinking so much about hearing. It’s a good idea to begin with a schedule in which you wear your hearing aids part time and gradually work up to wearing them from the time you rise until the time you go to bed. Many hearing professionals recommend listening to books on tape as a way to practice hearing and understanding. In the first few weeks, if it’s too tiring, rest, then try again. Reach out for support and stick with it. The payoff is immense.

    There are activities and exercises specifically designed to help with personal hearing training. By using the fun and interactive Hear Coach listening games on Starkey.com/care — you can speed up the adjustment and help ensure long-lasting listening performance and comfort.
    See FAQs – Is there an adjustment period to wearing aids?
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