Sensorineural hearing loss may be shocking news to patient and his relatives. Understanding is required to help accept the fact, Talk with your doctor, friends, family and person with same problem to support you.
Most patients are benefited by hearing aids but there is limitation of sound-quality and back ground noise that means it works well in quiet environment but some users have trouble enjoying music and listening in a crowded room.
Hearing impaired person takes time to get used to hearing aid. Assistive listening devices, loop system, FM system, and telephone and mobile amplifying devices help in clarity of sound and music.
Working together to hear better may be tough on everyone. It will take time for hearing impaired person to get used to watching people as they talk and for people to get used to speaking louder and clear.
Be patient and continue to work together.
Treatment and devices for hearing loss
Train your new way of hearing (getting used to hearing aid)
Help from family and friends
What treatments and devices can help?
- Hearing aids are tiny instruments which make sounds louder.
Quality of hearing aid is of utmost importance and it takes few days to adjust but eventually initial chaotic sound disappear and person is able to appreciate the difference.
- Personal listening systems help you hear what you want to hear while eliminating other noises around you. Auditory training systems and loop systems make it easier to hear in a crowded room. FM systems and personal amplifiers are better for one-on-one conversations. Improving FM (frequency modulation) boosts the performance of hearing aid.
- TV listening systems help you listen to the television or the radio without being disturbed by other noises around you. These systems can be used with or without hearing aids.
- Direct audio input hearing aids are hearing aids that can be plugged into TVs, stereos, microphones, auditory trainers, and personal FM systems to help you hear better.
- Telephone and mobile amplifying devices. If your hearing aid has a “T” switch, you can use a phone with an amplifying coil (T-coil) or mobile phone with a loop set. It allows you to listen at a comfortable volume and helps lessen background noise. Special type of telephone receiver and other devices are also available to make sounds louder on the phone.
- Assistive listening systems. Many auditoriums, movie theaters, churches, synagogues, and other public places are equipped with special sound systems for people with hearing loss. These systems send sounds directly to your ears to help you hear better.
- Lip reading or speech reading is another option.
How to train your new way of hearing (getting used to hearing aid)
Hearing aid is not same as natural hearing but with few weeks of regular use person usually adapt to it. A period of adjustment is required as the brain gets used to this new way of dealing with sound.
I. At first, wear the hearing aids in your home environment.
- Wear the hearing aids only as long as you are comfortable wearing them.
- Read something aloud to yourself. Try to listen to soft noises, such as rustling paper, tape water, jingling your keys, etc.
- Make a brief phone call
- Have a conversation with a friend or relative in calm, quiet surroundings.
- Watch a television show or listen to a radio programme in quiet surroundings.
II. Have a conversation in a loud environment. It may take a few days or a few weeks to adjust.
- Even people with normal hearing do not hear every word.
- In loud hearing situations, even people without hearing loss need to make an effort in order to hear what they need to hear and ignore the unwanted noise.
III. Gradually increase the hours of wearing hearing aids over 15-20 days.
IV. Gradually extend the number of persons with whom you speak.
V. Be patient and focused.
How friends and family can help the hearing impaired?
- Know and talk about his hearing loss.
- Face the person with hearing loss and maintain eye contact when you talk. Your face and expressions may help you to understand them better.
- Speak louder, but do not shout. Just talk more clearly and slowly.
- Turn off the TV or the radio if it is not required.
- Be aware of noise around you that can make his hearing more difficult, like vacuum cleaner, washing machine or loud music Shorten the distance between you and listener in noisy surroundings.
- Be patient