Wearing a hearing aid can be an uncomfortable experience for someone who recently lost their hearing. Dealing with self conscious feelings along with your frustration over losing your hear can be an overwhelming experience for first time hearing aid recipients.
Even if you don’t feel particularly excited about wearing a hearing aid you can gradually accept the benefits of your new device to see the blessing in this remarkable technology. Being positive and feeling grateful eases many self conscious thoughts related to wearing the device.
You may want to receive professional hearing aid fitting and follow these few simple tips to ease your anxieties and adjust to your new hearing aid gracefully.
Accept the Device
Even though you may feel embarrassed or self conscious about wearing a hearing aid it’s best to accept the device and to see the blessing in this modern technology. Hearing impaired individuals had no such air to improve the quality of their lives for many centuries. You no longer have to suffer through the frustration of missing out on conversations and enjoyable experiences with your family and friends.
Technological advances have made many hearing aids small, barely recognizable devices. Most folks won’t even be aware that you’re wearing a hearing aid. If you ever feel ashamed or fearful to wear your hearing aid remember how fortunate you are to have access to such a life-changing device.
Engage in Discussions
Nothing gets you more accustomed to your hearing aid than actively participating in discussions. Trying to tune into individual discussions when multiple people are speaking simultaneously gives you real world practice with your new hearing device. Don’t get frustrated; it may take a while to comfortably hold discussions with your friends. Patiently practice concentrating on conversations to tune out distractions and to tune into what’s being said.
Focus on individuals by moving closer to them during chats. Give your undivided attention to your friend. Eventually you’ll be able to hear conversations with less effort.
Spend Time in Public Spots
Being in loud, noisy spots presents you with both a challenge and a wonderful opportunity to test out your hearing aid. Sporting events, halls and large theaters are good spots where you can practice focusing on conversations and the full audio experience with your hearing aid.
Acclimate yourself to the acoustics of large public places. If you’re sitting in a theater or large conference room find the acoustic sweet spot to make your job easier. Seek out a seat front and center to better tune into the speakers on the stage.
Watch the Television
Following the flow of conversation during television shows can help you become accustomed to your hearing aid. Hearing every word may be a chore at first but you’ll develop the skill of understand conversations even if you miss a word or two. Sit close enough to the TV to clearly see the people speaking. You may learn how to understand the ideas being communicated by hand motions or facial gestures if you miss a sentence here and there.