Getting hearing aids for the first time leads you down the path of rehabilitation. It’s similar to how someone who gets a knee injury needs to rehabilitate themself to walk normally, or close to normal, again. You will need to master a set of skills in a brand new way.
In many cases, someone who has hearing loss may have forgotten certain sounds, like a loved one’s voice or even the humming noise of a refrigerator. Aural rehabilitation helps you re-familiarize with these sounds again, and teaches you what is normal and realistic in regards to the expectations you should have when using new hearing aids.
Brace Yourself for Better Hearing
Most people who have hearing loss wait a long time, sometimes up to 10 years, to get help for their hearing loss. During that waiting period, a person becomes used to hearing at a much lower volume and poorer quality.
It’s like being in a dimly lit room, while the sun is shining bright outside. When you leave the dimly lit room and go outside, the light is intensely bright. You automatically shield your eyes or look for your sunglasses. The intensity of the brightness lasts for a few hours.
This is similar to what happens when using hearing aids for the first time. You may not have experienced the intensity of sounds at a normal level of hearing for years, and can be overcome with the new listening experience with your new hearing aids.
This is why it’s important to have the guidance of a hearing healthcare professional. They will assist you in learning about the rehabilitation steps and guide you in setting the proper expectations at various stages of your aural rehabilitation. This will provide you with a smoother transition to wearing hearing aids.
As frequently mentioned in this blog, adapting to hearing aids takes time. Your hearing instrument specialist will guide you and work with you. Start hearing better today by contacting us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aid brands including: HANSATON, Oticon, Phonak, ReSound, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, Unitron and Widex.