Many people with hearing loss refuse to admit they have difficulty hearing. In fact, most people who seek help from audiologists are accompanied by family members or friends who noticed that their loved one is not hearing well. The reason for this is that hearing loss typically occurs very slowly over time, so patients may first lose the ability to understand speech in noisy environments, then the ability to hear high-pitched noises, and eventually the ability to all but the loudest sounds.
The audiologists and staff at Atlantic Audiology take pride in helping to improve our patients’ well-being as well as their hearing. That is why we provide a number of hearing loss counseling sessions to help our patients and their families through the hearing rehabilitation process.
Hearing Aid Counseling
After a person is fitted with a hearing aid, he or she may still have trouble communicating with others. Our audiologists are trained in hearing loss counseling methods to improve our patients’ communication skills. Hearing restoration therapy includes aural rehabilitation, which is teaching people to use all of their senses to hear and interpret speech sounds, helping them understand speech whether they are wearing their hearing devices or not.
Hearing loss counseling can improve lives in many ways, including:
- Helping you adjust to life with hearing aids. Many patients are afraid of wearing their hearing aids for long periods of time. We address common reasons and solutions for unwillingness to wear hearing aids all day, and help our patients learn how to use them and make adjustments to settings for maximum comfort. Wearing hearing aids at home, in conversation, and in public gives the wearer a chance to adjust to a new normal of hearing, allowing them to get the most out of their investment and start living a better life.
- Addressing your personal needs. Hearing aids last about five to seven years, and need to be cleaned professionally at least twice a year. Since we see our patients so often, we form relationships with them and their families. We become friends who listen to our patients’ frustrations, and offer creative ways to solve hearing problems unique to each person’s life.
- Improving your relationships. Loving someone who does not hear can have a negative impact on marriages and relationships. When one person misunderstands what is said, it can cause hurt feelings and frustrations for both parties. Communication gaps happen, creating walls or barriers between people. Since hearing loss impacts everyone, we provide counseling for the hearing-impaired and his or her family members. We can show others how to speak distinctly and clearly, manage hearing loss expectations, introduce visual clues to improve communication, avoid frustration when they repeat themselves, and how to rephrase sentences for people who do not hear well.
- Improving your quality of life. Having a hearing loss can be extremely isolating. Hearing just part of the conversation can lead to misunderstanding and hurt feelings, while not being able to participate fully in conversations that include jokes can be embarrassing. Untreated hearing loss can negatively affect your earning ability, ability to work in a group or provide child care, and many other situations in everyday life. Not surprisingly, hearing loss often leads to social withdrawal, depression, and even dementia. Hearing-impaired people are also at higher risk of crime victimization and injuries, as they may be unable to hear a burglar or a fire alarm. Our counseling methods increase independence and confidence, allowing people with a hearing loss to live their lives to the fullest.
Our board-certified audiologists have helped patients of all ages overcome many different types of hearing loss. If you are ready to take control of your life, call the number on this page or fill out our online contact form. Our audiologists are available in both Wakefield and Wilmington, so make an appointment in our offices today!