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Fitting Hearing Aid

BY: megan thatcher | Category: Health | Submitted: 2010-10-12 21:38:30
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Article Summary: "The annoyance of wearing hearing aids for the first time can be frustrating to the new wearer, family and friends alike. It is also of course important for the professionals setting up the patient with a hearing aid to be patient with them..."


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There must be plenty of patience put to use when someone gets a hearing aid for the first time, both from the wearer and from the family and friends. It is also of course important for the professionals setting up the patient with a hearing aid to be patient with them. When you have initially acquired a hearing aid, you and your loved ones will need to be very patient. It's also important that the people who are fitting you for your hearing aid employ patience as well. You can tell a person again and again what to expect from their new hearing aid, but they have to experience it for themselves.

On average, your brain and body will take from six weeks to 2 months to adjust to the new hearing aids. However, it is not uncommon for the adjustment period to extend longer, perhaps as much as three to six months in some individuals. The age of the person has a lot to do with how easily they will become used to using their new hearing aid. However, some will have adjustment periods that could last as much as three to six months depending on the age and condition of the individual. In general, older individuals will have a more difficult time getting used to the device than will younger ones.

People with severe hearing loss do not realise that they should be hearing their own voice when they speak. Something that trips up many people is that they do not remember the sound of their own voice when they are talking. This can create a range of emotional responses and may be both exciting and troubling for someone that has never worn hearing aids before.

This will, naturally, lead to many questions from the new hearing aid user about the volume of their voice and whether or not they are speaking at an appropriate volume. In addition, he begins to notice environmental sounds that were present in the room but, which he was not aware because of the hearing loss. These will also be surprising at first until he can figure out what the sounds are that he's hearing and realize that it is normal. In addition, he begins to notice environmental sounds that were present in the room but, which he was not aware because of the hearing loss. The wearers may find the new sounds that they can hearing discomforting until they realize what they are and learn how to tune them out.

Further, this is an added function that the brain has to perform because it now has to identify the sound, choice to ignore or listen to it and focus on picking out the speech from the background noise. Anyone who is around the patient will have to remember they don't need to shout anymore, and if they do they can hurt the ears of the new wearer. Family and friends must be patient when the new wearer is getting used to the surrounding; it's going to take a long time to get used to all the new noises that surround him. The family will have to adapt by remembering not to raise their voice when talking to the hearing aid user because it could cause the user pain. In the period of adjustment for new hearing aid users, additional patience is required to let them become familiar with the hearing devices as well as the new sounds that they will be hearing in their environment.

A hearing aid will not work for every person or under every circumstance. There are some kinds of hearing loss that will not respond to a hearing aid.

Benefit from the use of the hearing aid is influenced by the degree of hearing loss, the length of time without auditory stimulation, the age and attitude of the patient, the ability of the person to process what they hear, proper counselling and the appropriateness of the hearing aid for the hearing loss

The most important point to remember is getting a hearing aid does not make everything perfect, nor will it solve all your problems in every situation, but it definitely will improve your ability to communicate with other people by being able to improving your ability to hear them.

For best results, it is important to keep your hearing aid properly maintained. Summertime will be a factor, as humidity and heat affect hearing aids and they have to be maintained to keep them working. Excess moisture and ear wax can keep your hearing aid from working. The wearer needs to clean the hearing aid each day so it doesn't get stopped up. It is always important to properly maintain the devices so that they continue to function properly. The humidity and heat of the summer are especially damaging to hearing aids, so some regular maintenance is necessary to make sure that everything works correctly. The two worst things for the functionality of hearing aids are earwax and moisture. Always clean hearing aids every day so that they continue to allow sound through them. The tiniest amount of wax will warp the sound quality, cause it to wane off or even die out completely.

Hearing aids that are malfunctioning due to a wax buildup in the electronic components will be costly to repair, so you want to avoid this scenario. It doesn't have to be summer for this to happen, though. In order to keep moisture out of your hearing aid, keep it in a dry place. That can happen any time during the year not just summertime. You should always be sure to store your hearing aid in a cool dry location, and not in the bathroom.

If you have been provided with hearing aid wipes, clean your aid frequently throughout the day. Another good idea is to store the hearing with the battery door open so that any moisture that has made its way inside the hearing aid will dry out. Wipe down the device a few times per day with special wipes made just for this purpose. In order to help the hearing aid cool of faster and lengthen battery life, you should open the door to the battery to increase airflow. Finally, regular six-month cleanings and check-ups should be scheduled to keep the hearing aids in excellent condition and avoid future problems.

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