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Hearing loss is a significant and widespread issue, impacting around 35 million Americans. It can strike at any age and can often happen despite your best efforts to keep your ears safe. And, when it does, it can change your life. In that instance, hearing aids might be the best solution.
This can be a difficult pill to swallow, considering that many of us imagine hearing aids as big and bulky things. In reality, they’re now designed to be as subtle as possible. Having a hearing aid is possible without anyone knowing. Your audiologist should fit you with the best style and size available for your particular need.
If you’re used to living without hearing, though, suddenly wearing hearing aids can be an adjustment from more than just an aesthetic standpoint. Suddenly, sounds you haven’t heard for years will become apparent. This overload can be tough to deal with at first, especially in public places.
Luckily, here are some pointers to make sure that you’re ready for taking your hearing aids out in the big wide world…
The first secret to taking hearing aids out and about is to stock up on supplies. For one, you’ll want a hearing aid case. This will ensure that you always have somewhere safe to slip your aids if the noise around gets too much. You should also stock up on things like spare parts such as tubing in case you experience a malfunction. And, of course, you’ll want to stock up on some extra batteries. You can head to this website to learn more about your options here, but ultimately you should always aim to have at least one packet of replacements to hand. Make sure to get into the habit of packing this kit each time you go out so that you can always hear your friends or whoever you’re trying to talk with in public.
Due to the sheer sensory overload of wearing hearing aids after a long time of impairment, it’s important to note that you should also start slow. You may find, for example, that wearing your hearing aids in public is exhausting for more than a few hours a day to begin. If that’s the case, then focus on wearing them for short periods as you adjust. At the very beginning, you may even want to get used to them at home before spending time somewhere loud. This will allow you to adjust to the change in hearing without overloading straight away, and which should make it easier when you do take your hearing aids outside.
It may seem strange to practice conversations, but it can be incredibly useful. Hearing aids pick up all sorts of background noise, after all, so it can be trickier to zone in on individual voices in public for a while. To get around this, practice talking with your friends both at home and out of the house. This will help you to focus on tuning your new hearing and should ensure that you’re able to chat away in even the loudest places moving forward.
Lastly, if you do not feel your hearing aids are working for you, be sure to speak with your audiologist for help. Maybe they do not fit properly, have a functioning problem, or you need a little more instruction on the best way to use them and care for them. Don’t let hearing loss keep you from enjoying company with others.