Get the full out of your hearing aids
It takes time to adjust to a new hearing aid. How long this adjustment takes differs from person to person. It will depend on a number of factors, such as whether you have had a hearing aid before and the degree of your hearing loss.
1. In the quiet of your home
Try to accustom yourself to all the new sounds. Listen to the many background sounds and try to identify each sound. Bear in mind that some sounds will seem different from what you are used to. You may have to learn to identify them again. Note that in time you will get accustomed to the sounds in your environment – if not, please contact your hearing care professional.
If using the hearing aids makes you tired, take them off for a little while and have a rest. Gradually, you will begin to be able to listen for longer periods of time. Soon, you will be able to wear your hearing aids comfortably all day long.
2. Conversation with another person
Sit with someone else in a quiet room. Face each other so you can read facial expressions easily. You may experience new speech sounds, which can seem a little disturbing at first. However, after the brain has adapted to the new speech sounds, you should hear speech more clearly.
3. Listen to radio or TV
When listening to the TV or the radio, start out by listening to news commentators since they usually speak clearly, then try other programs.
If you find it difficult to listen to TV or radio, your hearing care professional should be able to give you advice on available accessories to enhance your listening capabilities for TV and radio.
4. In group conversations
Group situations are usually accompanied by a greater degree of background noise, and are therefore naturally more difficult to cope with. In such situations, focus your attention on the person you want to hear and turn your back against the noise. If you miss a word, ask the speaker to repeat.
5. Telecoil use in church, theatre or cinema
An increasing number of churches, theatres and public buildings often have loop systems installed. These systems send out wireless sound to be received by the telecoil in your hearing aid. Typically, a sign will let you know whether the place has a telecoil. Ask your hearing care professional for details.
6. Using a telephone
When using the telephone, tilt the receiver edge lightly on your cheekbone and position the phone slightly over the ear close to the hearing aid’s microphone. The sound then flows directly into the hearing aid’s microphone opening. This will prevent the hearing aids from whistling and ensure the best conditions to understand the conversation. When you have the receiver in this position, remember to speak directly into the mouthpiece on the telephone in order to ensure good understanding on the other end of the line.
Most behind-the-ear hearing aids have a telecoil built in. Also, if your telephone has a built in tele-loop, you can switch into the telecoil program in order to improve the sound reception further.
Remember that the telecoil in your hearing aids may pick up disturbing signals from electronic devices, such as mobile phones, computers, televisions or similar. Make sure that the hearing aid has a distance of 2-3 metres to such devices when using the telecoil program.
7. Wireless and mobile phones
Your hearing aid is designed to comply with the most stringent Standards of International Electromagnetic Compatibility. However, not all mobile phones are hearing aid compatible. The varying degree of disturbance can be due to the nature of your particular mobile phone.
If you find it difficult to obtain a good result while using your mobile telephone, your hearing care professional should be able to give you advice on available accessories to enhance listening capabilities.