At first glance, putting on hearing aids for the very first time can be quite daunting. After all, most people have been living their entire lives hearing and listening to the World of Sounds, without the need of an electronic device. However, wearing hearing aids does not necessarily mean that your whole life will change. Think about it; Imagine the enjoyment and excitement of being able to finally hear clearly again after experiencing hearing loss. This is definitely an event worth celebrating!
This is the kind of joy that we, at The Hearing Centre Singapore, strive and dedicate our lives to bring to our patients so that they can live their lives to the fullest potential, regardless of hearing loss. However, even with that being said, this new lease of hearing will involve some lifestyle changes which may take some time adjusting to at first. Hence, we have come up with a comprehensive guide about lifestyle changes that come with hearing aids so that you will have an easier time adjusting to the use of hearing aids, especially if you are a first-timer.
Brand New Feeling of Wearing Hearing Aids
Naturally, the new feeling of having a foreign object hooked around your ear and embedded in your ear canal for a majority of the day may cause some discomfort at the start. However, through hearing aids consultations and services provided by professional audiologists, patients will be able to be properly fitted and prescribed with the most suitable hearing aids that should feel relatively comfortable after the initial introductory period. Wearing hearing aids should also be painless – make sure you highlight any pain during your fitting sessions with your audiologists, if any, so that you can have a conducive setting to enjoy the wonders of hearing through your own hearing aids.
In addition, there should be follow-up appointments for fine-tuning and volume adjustments a week or two after your first fitting, to ensure that your hearing aids mould into your ears with the perfect fit so that your hearing aids journey runs smoothly and painlessly.
Different Hearing Sensations in Various Environments
Although hearing aids will help those with hearing loss listen and understand speech better, the ways in which different noises are amplified may vary slightly from normal. Let’s take something we can all relate to in our daily lives as an example. A regular conversation in a quiet room can sound different from one carried out in a crowded indoor environment or outdoors. Sometimes, depending on the level and type of technology used in the hearing aids, even your own voice may not sound the same as what you recall it to be!
Amplification of Background Noises
While regular speech and moderate sounds become much clearer with hearing aids, it will also apply to background noises. The wide diversity of background noises can be anything that are unnoticed or unheard by many people on a daily basis, such as those ranging from traffic, to loud surrounding conversations in restaurants and shopping malls, or even to the buzzing sounds made by electrical appliances at home. Hence, with hearing aids, the seemingly inconsequential noises that were once part of everyday life may suddenly become overly noticeable, and the sensory overload may initially be overwhelming.
Adjusting to Something New in Your Life
If your hearing aids are rechargeable, this is something you will have to factor into your day to day. Forgetting to do so will result in some inconvenience, as you may not be able to use your hearing aids wherever and whenever you want. Hence, it is important to set reminders for this until it becomes part of your daily routine. Taking some time to clean your hearing aid for hygiene purposes should also be done as often as possible to ensure the longevity and quality of your hearing aids. But, take some time to think about it. Caring for your hearing aids is akin to caring for your phone, thus the need to adjust to your hearing aids will be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Despite all the potential slight inconveniences that hearing aids may bring about, the good news is that most people get used to wearing a hearing aid in just a matter of months. For starters, it is recommended to try and wear your hearing aids for just a few hours a day at home, and take short breaks in between. Gradually over time, you can then slowly increase the duration, reduce the breaks, and advance further to try your hearing aids in different environments in order to re-familiarise yourself with the myriad of everyday sounds you may encounter.
Eventually, your brain will reach the apex of its efficiency in rewiring and altering its perception of how the hearing aids register noises. This will quicken the process of you getting used to how different sounds have changed in various settings, such that you can fully reap the benefits and joy of hearing aids.
Moreover, if you are someone who spends a lot of time outdoors or in relatively noisy environments, it will be more beneficial for you to be recommended hearing aids that are equipped with volume control and help filter out background sounds.
Other than helping one regain clarity in hearing and experience sounds that they were previously missing out on, hearing aids also come with a whole package of other positive effects, which will show their wondrous colours to you once you advance through the initial adjustment period. Some of these benefits include having ease of communication and comprehension, strengthening relationships with others, boost in confidence, better enjoyment of recreational activities like music, movies, and sports, improved mental health, and last but not least, overall increased happiness level.
Since hearing aids are still electronic devices, they still require a small degree of maintenance. However, with proper maintenance, hearing aids can last between 3 to 7 years, depending on their brand, technology, and usage. Hence, this section aims to help you make the best use of your hearing aids such that they are worth every penny that you paid for.
For hearing aids that are not rechargeable, their batteries will need to be changed from time to time. If your device is not going to be used for a few days, it is recommended that batteries are removed for that period. When replacing batteries, make sure the inside of the device as well as the batteries themselves are clean and dry – using a piece of tissue paper or cotton bud to wick away moisture will definitely be helpful. This ensures optimum connectivity and performance, so that you can listen and enjoy the sounds of nature whenever and wherever you go.
For hygiene purposes, it is recommended that you clean your hearing aids daily before going to bed. There are special cleaning tools and brushes you can purchase from us, at The Hearing Centre Singapore, specifically for this purpose. Aside from that, hearing aids usually come with wax filters which prevent earwax from spoiling the mechanism of the device – it is also essential to make sure these wax filters are changed whenever they are dirty.
Aside from daily at-home maintenance, it is also advisable to visit a hearing centre, such as The Hearing Centre Singapore, every bi-annually or so to get your hearing aids professionally deep-cleaned by certified audiologists. Moreover, apart from maintaining personal hygiene, this also helps prolong the life of your hearing aids, which can help you save money on replacements in the long run.
The Hearing Centre Singapore is a hearing specialist in Singapore that carries some of the best hearing aids brands and models. With an industry presence of more than 20 years and counting, we devote our lives and are passionately committed to helping patients with hearing loss regain normalcy in their lives, with the help of hearing aids that are prescribed and customised to suit each and every patient’s individual lifestyle needs. Presented here are the different hearing aids brands that we, at The Hearing Centre Singapore, offer along with some of their outstanding, appealing characteristics.