I recently found an article on the Denver Post website listing tips for people who wear hearing aids, whether they’ve worn them for a long time or are just starting out.
I think one of the most important tips listed is the one about understanding expectations. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, hearing aids (or any kind of hearing device) do not cure hearing loss. You will not be able to magically hear everything perfectly or hear everything you were missing before. The article points out that
Your hearing system is stimulating nerves that may not have been stimulated in a long while; it takes time for your brain to adjust and organize the new sounds you’re hearing.
So, don’t get frustrated if you find yourself getting confused or your hearing aids aren’t working as quickly or as efficenlty as you’d like. Be patient. Give yourself time to adjust. As I’ve learned, the best things in life take time.