My Dad’s hearing aid book – his experience

It is worth the effort (to wear hearing aids) , because properly worn and used, your aid is capable of transforming your life.   It will not however, restore your hearing to the full level of a normal healthy person.  There will still be areas of difficulty, and some of these will be highlighted in subsequent chapters, in an effort to enable you to make the best of it and to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.It is worth emphasizing again and again that, although perseverance may be required, it will pay off.  Do not give up after an hour or two, or a day or two, or put your aid away in a drawer to be brought out on Sundays.   A recent (ed – this was written 12 years ago) University research project was aimed at discovering the average number of hours of daily yse for a class of hearing aid users.  Such  a project should be redundant,  for as soon as you are used to it, the aid should be worn from morning awakening until bed time (but not actually lying down in bed – they are too uncomfortable).  Be not like the man who said he didn’t really need a hearing aid and only wore when he wanted to listen to something.  Obtrusive noises can always be turned down or switched off.  So, for that matter can people if they “carry on a bit”. In fact you have in your hands, or rather your ears, the ultimate argument terminator.  Of course to employe it, you do actually have to be wearing it.  But spare a thought here to the people around you and close to you.  It can be pretty hard work trying to talk to a person with impaired hearing, even given their cooperation.  If they are not trying, or just do not bother to ear the hearing aid  which they have, the temptation to give up trying to get though may be too strong to resit.

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