PLUS: “How to Get Used to Hearing Aids” by Consumer Reports
| A Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Apr 11, 2019
| The older you get, the more likely you’ll experience a hearing problem.
By age 65, nearly 1 in 2 people will deal with the issue. Most types of hearing loss are irreversible.
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Cynthia Hogan, a Mayo Clinic audiologist. explains there are a number of high-tech options for improving how you hear.
To listen, click here: Hearing aids are NOT ‘one-size-fits-all’
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How to Get Used to Hearing Aids
This expert advice will help you enjoy maximum benefits
By Sally Wadyka, March 28, 2019
CONSUMER REPORTS – You know how dazzling the sun can seem when you walk out of a dark movie theater during daylight?
Your immediate reaction may be to cover your eyes—a reflexive response based on your brain telling you that it’s too bright for you to be out there.
Getting a hearing aid for the first time is kind of like that, too.
“Your ears have been deprived of sound, so when you suddenly get it back, your brain’s response is to say, ‘Stop!’” says Jackie Clark, Ph.D., clinical professor of audiology at the University of Texas in Dallas.
The longer you’ve been living with hearing loss, the more jarring the sudden noise may seem.
And people typically do live with hearing loss for several years before deciding to try a hearing aid.
In fact, a recent survey of 17,626 Consumer Reports members found that more than 6 in 10 waited for more than 2 years after they first noticed they had difficulty hearing before getting hearing aids.
“After that much time, the brain has fully adapted to listening through the filter of hearing loss, so it’s not surprising that there is an adjustment period needed to get used to newly amplified sounds,” says Catherine Palmer, Ph.D., associate professor of communication science and disorders and otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh.
On the positive side, CR’s survey also found that 3 out of 4 members said it took them less than a month to get used to their hearing aid.
Here are some tips for making the transition go more smoothly and when to make a return visit to your audiologist for more help. Read more.