Here are some tips on how to live successfully with reduced hearing so you may start enjoying the many benefits of better hearing.
- Recognize that you are having difficulty and the importance of improving your hearing and your life
- Stay motivated to hear better
- Have the support and understanding of family and friends
- Understand your own communication needs
- Be knowledgeable about your hearing and hearing aids
- Recognize that by treating your hearing, you are not just helping yourself, but also your relationships with others
- Have realistic expectations of what your hearing aids will and will not do
- Give yourself time to adjust
- Hearing aids require regular maintenance and care in order to function well
- Educate your family, friends and co-workers about communication with hearing aids
- Ask and re-ask questions
- Wear two hearing aids if you need them
- Utilize all the resources at your disposal (speech reading, hearing assistive technology, hearing care professionals, communication strategies, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Programs & Services)
- Have a positive attitude!
“My advice to anyone who is worried about their hearing is to have a hearing test to confirm their decreased hearing. Consult with a hearing professional, learn about your options, and decide for yourself what would be best for you” – Elaine