With our over 25 years experience helping the hearing impaired, we've come up with various tips. Some are for everyone, and some are for certain individuals.
The best tip we can give to a hearing device wearer is to keep your devices as clean and dry as possible. Most hearing aid malfunctions are due to some type of dirt, moisture, or other foreign material that clogs them up. It's important to follow a regular maintenance schedule. If you can't do it yourself, then it's your hearing specialist's job to find a way to get it done for you. At Contentment Hearing Care, most of our day is just that: taking care of each patient's individual needs.
For the person trying to adjust to new hearing devices, the most important tip we can give is to wear them at least somewhat every day. Most people get hearing help after several years of trying to deal with hearing difficulty. In many cases, their hearing systems have become used to a much quieter world, and it can sometimes be hard to learn and accept the sudden increase of sounds in life. By using a type of rehabilitation of their hearing systems, most people can do well getting used to the noisy world we live in at their own pace. It is better to wear your new hearing devices a few hours every day than to wear them 10 hours on Monday then not again until Sunday. This also is better advised on a case by case situation.
There are also various tips for communicating with the hearing impaired. The simplest one is to get the person's attention before you start giving important information.
For most of us, if we are watching TV and someone asks us if we want a cup of coffee without getting our attention, chances are the first word out of our mouths is "what?" or "excuse me," even if a second later we answer the question. This is far more difficult for the hearing impaired.
There are more tips for different types of situations. Every person may have different problems. Please contact us to learn more.