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Getting hearing aids is a huge adjustment that will improve your life, but they will take some getting used to. Here are three ways that you can help your body adjust to using hearing aids.
Listen To Audio Books As You Read
When you read a book, instead of just reading it silently to yourself, listen to it on audio as you read. This will help you get used to listening to dialogue and descriptions with your new hearing aids. If you can't find an audiobook, see if someone will read the book aloud to you as you follow along. This should have a similar effect as listening to an audio book.
Watch TV With Subtitles
Next, you should turn on the subtitles when you watch television. This will help your brain connect the sound that you are hearing with the actual language behind them. If you suffered severe hearing loss for a while before you got hearing aids, you will have lost of the connection between sound and the actual language that is being spoken around you. The words that you hear will sound different when they are clear verses when you were hearing them through your previous level of hearing.
Set TV To A Normal Volume
Before you got hearing aids, you probably had your television and radio turned up to higher volume levels in order to hear what was being said accurately. Now that you have hearing aids, reset the volume on your television and radio to a normal level. If you are not sure what a normal level is, have a friend or family member who has normal hearing help you set the volume level on your television and radio. Since the dials on televisions and radios can vary so much, it is hard to give a recommendation of what level you should set your particular units, which is why you should enlist someone to help you if possible.
Practice Talking In Groups
It is going to take you a while to get used to talking in groups with other people. Start by talking to your friends and family members in small groups of two or three people when you first get your hearing aids. It is often easier for the brain to identify and understand familiar voices, which is why you should start with those closest to you. While you listen, make sure that you are actively listening and paying attention to that person.
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