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Living with hearing aids

Now that you have your new hearing aids, and your hearing care professional has explained how they work and what to expect, you can use this guide to help you adjust to wearing them every day. Family and friends should read it too for valuable tips on how to help. The key to succeeding with hearing aids is patience, practice and positive thinking.  Around the house you will hear a lot more sounds – from the ticking of a clock and hum of the refrigerator to the churning of a washing machine. Outside, the traffic will seem louder. In the supermarket it will sound much busier. This can be somewhat overwhelming at first, but this is just a passing phase.  

Know what is in store

Getting used to hearing aids can take anywhere from just a few hours, a few days to a few months, depending on your hearing loss, the type of hearing aid you are wearing, and your ability to adapt. But you will be amazed at how much can be achieved in a short space of time if you are willing to try.  It is important to understand that no matter how advanced your hearing aids are, they will never be able to completely restore your hearing.  What you can expect is to hear and understand much more in a wide variety of situations. You will perform better at work or when volunteering; socialising will become more enjoyable, you will feel more confident, and you might even get more energy to enjoy the good things in life.  Your family and friends will certainly notice the difference!

Did you know that in crowded situations with a lot of background noise, even people with normal hearing can have difficulty keeping up!