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Once your loved one has been fitted with hearing instruments you must encourage him / her to be patient. You must be patient too. Amplified sound can be overwhelming and very tiring because the brain has forgotten certain sounds and has to learn to listen all over again. It's a bit like training a muscle that has not been used for a long time.

During the first few days it is important to wear the instruments as much as possible. As the brain gets time to adjust, the benefits will become more obvious, and before long your loved one will be wearing them all the time.


What is in store
Getting used to hearing instruments is easier when your loved one and the whole family knows what to expect.

• Hearing instruments cannot totally restore a person's hearing.
• Even with hearing instruments, noisy situations can be challenging (just like for the normal hearing person)
• The adjustment period varies from person to person and can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, weeks or months.
• Initially, the volume might seem too soft or too loud. If it does, encourage them to have their instruments adjusted.

Communication Is A Two-way Process
Hearing instruments alone may not enable the person with hearing loss to communicate successfully in all listening situations. With the following tips, family members and friends can do a lot to make listening and communicating easier;

• Gain the person's attention before speaking, so they have an opportunity to look at you and focus on what you are saying.
• Speak clearly and at a natural pace. Remember not to talk loudly or shout.
• Move closer and sit or stand where your face is well lit to make your facial expressions and lips easy to read.
• Try not to talk while chewing or smoking.
• Never hide behind a newspaper or lean your cheek or chin on your hand while talking.
• Avoid talking from another room.
• If your loved one has difficulty understanding you, try rephrasing the sentence rather than just repeating yourself.
• In group situations, try not to interrupt each other.
• Avoid noisy doorways and windows; if you cannot close them, find somewhere quieter to talk.
• Reduce background noise i.e., turn down the stereo or TV.

When you are out and about
If you go to the cinema or theatre together, call in advance to check whether they provide assistive listening devices (systems that make it easier to listen with hearing instruments). When booking restaurants, try to get the quietest seats.

In meetings or at seminars, remind them to arrive early and sit at the front. And advise them to ask the presenters to use a microphone.

What Steps should You Take Now ?
Gathering information is great place to start. You can search the internet for information on hearing loss, and share it with you loved one. If you can get them to acknowledge that they might have a problem, you will be will on the way to finding a solution.

Step two is to make an appointment for a hearing test. Point out that, as with most health conditions, the earlier you get a clear diagnosis, the more successful the outcome is likely to be.

Once you get them to the hearing clinic they will be excellent hands. And in the months to come, you can accompany them on their journey towards better hearing.