Living with a hearing loss
Living with a hearing loss can leave you feeling isolated as every day communication can be difficult. Some simple tasks such as using the phone, hearing the TV or doorbell can become difficult, and lead you to withdrawing from people and activities you used to enjoy.
Getting used to hearing aids
it can take time and a lot of hard work getting used to wearing hearing aids, but many people find it makes a huge difference to their ability to communicate with others as they can hear better. If you are concerned that your hearing aids are not make a difference, go back and talk to the audiologist, as it can take some time to get the right settings as well as for the brain to readjust to hearing through hearing aids.
Trying your hearing aid for a increasingly long periods in increasingly noisy environments has been found by others to gradually build up their comfort wearing and relying on hearing aids.
Equipment to support your hearing
Getting the right equipment can make a huge difference day to day. Hearing equipment works with or without hearing aids to increase and improve what you hear by amplifying sound (making it louder) or by making it clearer. You may find that you would benefit from some equipment to support your hearing at home. Many people find changing their phone or doorbell or changing how their TV is set up, for example using a TV loop can make a huge difference.
A hearing loops is technology that works with your hearing aid to help you hear what is being transmitted directly into your hearing aid, screening out background noise. For some people, they make a huge difference to being able to hear clearly.
To find out more about how loops work visit Hearing Link.
NESS staff can provide you with information and support to identify what equipment you might find useful. Find out more about Equipment for people with a hearing loss.
Lipreading is a skill that many people with a hearing loss rely on. Lipreading involves trying to piece together what you can hear with the shapes of the mouth, facial expressions and non-verbal communication to help you follow what someone is saying. NESS runs lipreading classes in Aberdeen and Elgin. Lipreading classes provide an opportunity to increase your confidence to cope better with situations where you are communicating with others.
A good listening environment
The environment can make a huge impact on how well you can hear. Noisy, busy environments and environments where there are lots of hard surfaces and no soft furnishings make it much more difficult to hear. You may find there are some places that are more comfortable for you than others. You may also find that sitting in a particular position helps to reduce the noise and helps you to see your company more clearly so that you can lipread more effectively.