There are times in life when you must risk going outside of your normal routine so you can enrich your life, learn something new, or develop new skills. This can be both exciting and scary, especially when you must also cope with hearing loss. Theodore Roosevelt once said that there’s nothing in the world that’s worth having or doing unless it requires some effort, pain, or difficulty on your behalf. By continually telling yourself this, you can overcome any challenge!
Tips to Help
- Hearing is oftentimes a “two-way street” in that the people you are talking to need to be mindful to speak loud and clear enough for you to successfully understand them.
- When in restaurants, church or movies, be sure to sit in a place that is conducive for better hearing. Seating placement does matter, try to find a spot that works best for you.
- If you’re taking a class, try to talk to the professor ahead of time and let them know that you have hearing loss. This will hopefully prompt them to speak a bit more loudly or perhaps to enunciate more clearly. You will also want to sit as close to the front as possible. Additionally, you should also review the class’ materials ahead of time so you’re familiar with any terms or concepts being covered.
- Always bring extra batteries or a charger (for rechargeable aids). Hopefully you won’t need them, but it’s always a good idea to have them.
Properly Fit Hearing Aids
If you have a hearing loss, today’s technology can make a huge difference in your quality of life. There are only five major manufacturers of hearing aids in the world today who literally “own” 95% of the worldwide market. The flagship products from each of these companies are all very, very good. The fitting of these instruments however is a completely different subject. At Countryside Hearing, our fitting success rate is 20x higher than the national average. That success rate is a combination of 35+ years of hearing aid experience and a lot of hard work in every aspect of our industry.
You can spend thousands of dollars on hearing aids and end up with nothing but disappointment. On the other hand, if you are fit properly, your hearing aids can put a smile on your face for many years to come. We encourage you to choose wisely in this regard. The big Monday newspaper ads promising everything under the sun at low, low prices are not what you’re ultimately looking for. You need the latest in technology combined with experience and a track record of success.
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