Adjusting to Having a Hearing Aid: New Ways to Hear
Adjusting to Having a Hearing Aid: New Ways to
It’s not easy to focus on a
conversation when there is background noise. Getting the most from your hearing aid
learning new ways to listen—and not always with your ears. Your audiologist or hearing
specialist can advise you about classes in auditory or aural rehab (rehabilitation).
is training to improve your hearing by learning new listening methods. For example,
learn to pick out speech against background noise. You can do this by watching the
speaker’s moving lips, facial gestures, and body motions.
Better communication skills
An aural rehab class gives you the
chance to fix any problems you may still have with your hearing aid. These classes
offer counseling and support. This can help you and your family cope with the
psychological and emotional aspects of hearing loss. Write down questions you have
hearing and your hearing aid. Bring the list with you to class.
Speak at a normal level. The
hearing aid will make voices louder.
Talk naturally and
Don’t chew or smoke when
Don’t let your hands cover
your mouth and face.
Turn off the radio or TV.
Background noise is distracting.
Get the listener’s attention
before speaking. You may not be heard if you are in another room. Or if the
listener is near a source of noise.
Talk face to face. Lip
movement, facial expression, and gestures are key parts of conversation.
If the person doesn't
understand you, try again. But use different words. Don’t use the same words.
Online Medical Reviewer: Ashutosh Kacker MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
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