So, you’ve got your new hearing aids – great! But getting your hearing device fitted isn’t the only step in the hearing rehabilitation process. Many people who are fitted with hearing aids have been living with hearing loss for a long period of time before they seek help. If this is the case for you, this means you may have been missing out on sounds for longer than you think. As a result, getting rehabilitated with your new (or old) sound environment may require time, patience and a little bit of help from your audiologist. If you want to make the most out of your new hearing aids, here a few tips to help you adjust to your new hearing device.
First and foremost, it’s important to be patient with your new hearing solution. When you get your hearing aids fitted, it’s likely you will start hearing sounds you haven’t heard in a long time and getting used to these sounds can take time. Whilst your audiologist will do their best to ensure your hearing device is perfectly fitted and fine-tuned to your needs, no one will understand the results of your hearing aids as much as you. In the first few weeks after your hearing aid fitting, we recommend that you take notes about your hearing experience. For instance, are there certain environments where your hearing aids work better? Or are there certain environments where you feel they could be more efficient? These observations will prove helpful when it comes time for your audiologist to adjust your hearing aids at your next appointment.
When you get your new hearing aids, it’s not just your ears that will need to rehabilitate to certain sounds – it’s your brain too. Your brain plays an integral role in how you interpret, and process sounds, so your ear-to-brain muscle may also require a little training (or retraining) to help you get used to your new hearing experience. This is particularly the case if you have been suffering from hearing loss for a long time or your hearing has changed as you’ve got older. In conjunction with your new hearing aids, your audiologist may therefore recommend LACE auditory training – a hearing programme designed to train your ears and brain to work together to interpret sounds. This will ensure that you are learning to both detect and interpret sounds as effectively as possible with your new hearing aids.
Organise regular follow-up appointments
Hearing aids aren’t just a short-term solution to better hearing. Look after them well, and you could feel (or hear) the benefits of your hearing device for years to come. And this doesn’t just mean caring for your hearing aids at home; if you want to continue making the most out of your hearing solution, you will need to organise regular follow-up appointments with a hearing professional. As well as carrying out professional maintenance checks, these follow-up appointments will allow your audiologist to re-tune your hearing aids to meet your changing needs. After all, your hearing doesn’t simply stop changing when you get new hearing aids, meaning your device will need to be re-adjusted from time to time to continue serving your needs effectively.
Supporting your journey to better hearing
At The Art of Hearing, we don’t just fit hearing aids. Our Perth audiologists go above and beyond to ensure you are happy with your new hearing solution. From the initial hearing aid fitting to your follow-up appointments, our hearing professionals are committed to working with you throughout the hearing rehabilitation process to ensure you make the most out of your new hearing device.
Experiencing hearing loss or overdue a follow-up appointment? Contact our Perth hearing clinics today to organise a consultation.