The ability to hear relies on more than just our ears. Our brain actually does a lot of the work. This is why if you have had untreated hearing loss for a while, and start using hearing aids, you may be surprised that things aren’t instantly as perfect as you had hoped. Fortunately, there are a number of exercises and activities that can help you make the most out of your hearing aids.
The brain is very adaptive; a process known as as neuroplasticity. It means we can quite literally change our minds i.e from a negative mindset into a positive one.
With untreated hearing loss, your brain will have adapted to getting less sound information, and therefore become less skilled at processing a lot of sounds.
The good news is that you don’t have to accept defeat. Training can build up your hearing ability and listening skills.
(NOTE: Many of these can be practiced at home.)
We are fortunate to have access to technologies that can assist your hearing and hearing aid use. Be realistic about your expectations of your aid and learn about it’s features and functions, i.e. is it Bluetooth compatible?
Look for Induction loops at theatres, sporting events and cinemas.
Find out about assistive and alerting devices to further enhance your hearing aid use.
Applications are available as a mixture of games, training and assistance for both adults and children on iPads, iPhones, Android and PC.
Training programs that help with listening and communication
Games can be a good brain workout, try these…
We want you to get the very best hearing experience from your hearing aids. Regular check ups are important, and can help in the maintenance of your devices. If you have any questions about the fit or function of your hearing aid or you think your hearing has changed recently, contact us at (970) 352-2881 to book a consultation with one of our hearing care professionals today.