Most of us must have heard the quote, “Music is all around us; all you have to do is listen” from August Rush.
Any sound that we hear around us can be considered music. Be it the chirping of birds, wind blowing through the trees or the crashing of waves; these are all sounds we love to hear. However, not everyone has the privilege of doing so. Partial or complete deafness is not a new phenomenon and has affected people for a long time.
With the help of a handy medical device called the hearing aid, it can be corrected. That being said, getting your first hearing aid can be overwhelming. There are sounds you may have never heard or forgotten, which will all be accessible now. It is natural to feel anxious and apprehensive in such a situation.
However, there are many benefits to getting hearing aids and this is why we are here with a short guide to help you get through the process. We hope reading this will put your mind at ease.
Now, let’s begin!
What Can I Expect From A Hearing Aid?
Thanks to advancing technology, hearing aids are becoming smaller yet more powerful. That’s not all; most of them are dust and water-resistant, making them easier to wear on a regular basis. But despite constant upgrades, people remain hesitant to use them. This is mainly because they do not know what to expect.
For some the idea of being aware of sound, especially if they have been devoid of it their entire life, can be daunting. More than this, there is also a social stigma attached to hearing aids, which has reduced over time but still prevails.
Nevertheless, if you have decided to go down this road, then here are a few things you need to be ready for.
“A small device that can allow you to hear” – as magical as that sounds, it does take some time to get used to it. Usually, the adjustment period is about two weeks, but it can vary from person to person. It’s not just hearing sounds that needs getting used to but also wearing it daily has to become a routine.
Additionally, it can take more than a month of continuous wearing to get used to hearing and responding to sounds. Irrespective of whether it’s the first hearing aid or a replacement, you will have to wear it for more than 10 hours a day to process speech and sound like any other person.
2. Difference In Voice
Talking while having a hearing aid on can be a bit uncomfortable for some. This is because the ear has something plugged in which is making your voice sound louder than usual. With time, the discomfort ceases to exist. However, if it persists, we recommend visiting a doctor.
3. Enhanced Hearing
A hearing aid is an incredible device that amplifies the surrounding sounds. If it’s the first time you are getting one, then even white noise will seem loud. This is not only because of the device but because your mind is perceiving something new. However, with time and continuous use, the sounds will start to adjust themselves in your head.
4. Initial Discomfort
There is no denying that plugging something in the ear and keeping it on for long hours can be uncomfortable. However, prolonged use is the only way to get used to hearing aids. Despite the discomfort, the device will not cause any pain or soreness.
We suggest keeping it on and going about your day for an easy and seamless transition into a life with hearing aids. After a point, it will be as normal as fixing your hair.
5. Follow-Up Appointments
Booking follow-up appointments are essential for ensuring that you get the most out of your hearing aid.The whole process of wearing a hearing aid and getting used to the surrounding sounds requires professional help. Plus, only a doctor can help fine-tune the device according to your preferences.
There is also a chance that you might face troubleshooting issues, especially if it is Bluetooth enabled. Such issues should only be looked at by a professional.
Now You Know All About What To Expect!
Hearing aids are a blessing by the medical industry and have enriched the lives of many.
Losing your sense of hearing can be devastating and life-altering. However, we should be grateful to live in an era where medical advancements have made it possible to fix it. With a bit of support, advice and patience, hearing aids can help people get back to living a normal life.
We hope this guide has been eye-opening and informative. And on that note, we shall take your leave and be back soon with more guides.If you have any questions contact us at any time! You can also do our online hearing test to check how your hearing is going in the comfort of your own home.
Until next time!