Hearing aids can be both life changing and life saving. They can also involve a lot of hard work. Here are some facts you should know before you start on your journey to better hearing:
We are here to help, every step of the way.
As you learn to use your hearing aid, your Beltone team will be working with you to fine-tune it to best meet your needs. Our Beltone HomeTeam will visit you at home and at work to evaluate your hearing environments and help you learn how to adjust your aids for each one. We will also educate your family about your aids and your hearing needs. And our Belcare™ guarantee will ensure that any problems are quickly solved.
It can take up to a year to adapt to using hearing aids.
As your hearing has faded, your brain has lost the ability to process the sounds it no longer hears. This may have been happening over the course of many years. As you start wearing your hearing aids your brain will be confused by hearing “new” sounds, and will need time to learn to process them again.
Your brain is able to re-learn old tricks.
Fortunately, we now know that our brains are “plastic” – that is, they can be trained to think in a different way. Just as your brain has adapted to your loss of hearing, it can adapt to newly improved hearing. You just need to be patient.
Hearing aids can’t give you your old hearing back.
Just as getting glasses isn’t quite the same as having natural 20/20 vision, using hearing aids is not the same as having perfect hearing. Our aim is to give you the best hearing you can have given your degree of hearing loss – and that can be pretty darned good.
Wearing hearing aids is good for your health.
As with so many things in life, ignoring your hearing loss won’t make it go away. Getting a hearing aid as soon as possible will extend the health of your hearing and improve your chances of hearing and feeling better, longer. You can also improve your hearing skills by using the LACE™ hearing program included with the purchase of your aids.