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Helping Your Loved One Adjust to a New Hearing Aid

By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on

Hearing aids are commonly recommended to seniors and older adults who experience a dramatic change or decline in hearing. While a hearing aid can help your aging parent or loved one hear better, it isn’t an immediate fix in most cases. There is often a period of adjustment when someone starts using a hearing aid for the first time. If you care for a senior family member who has recently been prescribed a hearing aid, the following tips from Douglas County Home Care Assistance can help him or her better transition to the new equipment.

Adjusting to New Sounds

If your loved one has been gradually losing his or her hearing, the onslaught of new sounds can be overwhelming. A background noise such as crickets in the yard or the hum of the refrigerator can be as loud as someone talking right next to them. To help the brain learn to reprioritize sounds, encourage your family member to wear their hearing aid for an hour or two each day. Then, gradually increase the amount of time the hearing aids are worn.

Finding the Right Speaking Volume

Many seniors find that their voice sounds too loud when they first begin using a hearing aid. Encourage your loved one to read out loud and let them know when they are speaking at a comfortable volume. With practice, your family member will better be able to modulate his or her own speaking voice.

Learning in a Comfortable Environment

It’s usually helpful for new hearing aid users to avoid very noisy places at first. Have your loved one practice with the new device at home for a few days before venturing out to the mall or a movie. Once he or she is more comfortable, provide accompaniment to the grocery store or on other errands and monitor their ability to hear in various places. Your presence can help provide your loved one with peace of mind and a sense of security.

Following-Up with the Doctor

Hearing aids are often programmed according to the results of a hearing assessment, ensuring that the aid meets the individual hearing needs of your loved one. If your loved one is finding the volume of his or her hearing aid to be uncomfortable, or if the piece itself is causing pain, a trip back to the doctor can be extremely valuable. Sometimes, a doctor can readjust certain sound modifications, while other times he or she may simply be able to answer questions to calm any fears or anxiety.

It isn’t uncommon for a senior’s hearing loss to impact his or her ability to perform daily activities. If you are concerned about your loved one’s health or safety at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County today and learn how our highly trained caregivers can provide assistance with cooking, light housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation and more. Caregivers are available for hourly and live-in care in Douglas County, and we never ask you to sign any long-term contracts. For more information, call 720-441-3522 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.