Adjusting to Having a Hearing Aid: New Ways to Hear
It’s not easy to concentrate on a conversation in the midst of distracting background noise. Getting the most from your hearing aid means learning new ways to listen—and not always with your ears. Your audiologist or hearing aid specialist can recommend classes in auditory or aural rehabilitation (training to improve your hearing by learning new listening techniques). For example, you’ll learn to pick out speech against background noise by watching the speaker’s moving lips, facial gestures, and body motions.
Better Communication Skills
An aural rehabilitation class provides an opportunity to resolve any remaining problems you may have with your hearing aid. These classes also offer counseling and support to help you and your family cope with the psychological and emotional aspects of hearing loss.
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