Time, Practice & Experience
Regardless if you are a new hearing aid user or have years of experience, it takes deliberate practice to reactivate those brain areas key in processing sound. These are the first steps in improving your
Hearing aids won’t improve your hearing and cognitive abilities overnight it takes work and time to restore your hearing ability to its best possible.
Unlike eyeglasses, which give you immediate, positive results, hearing aids are part of a wider treatment and rehabilitation plan. How they sound, how they feel, even getting in the routine of wearing them every day takes adaptation and training. With time and patience, you’ll come to understand all the benefits these powerful “mini computers” can have on your life. You’ll find useful tips and tools in this brochure to help you achieve better hearing.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” He probably wasn’t talking about people with hearing aids — but it still holds true.
Effort and a positive attitude are critical to improved hearing. Much of your success with your hearing aids will depend on your desire to learn and a determination to increase your ability to hear. To achieve better hearing, you must work at it daily. The ability to hear again has to be relearned — not just purchased.
One discipline common to almost everyone who successfully made the transition to hearing aids is practice. Just as personal training for our bodies encompasses more than simple strength training, keeping our hearing fit involves more than just our ears.
By putting effort into personal hearing training, you can improve auditory memory, attention and recognition of speech in noise.
Although the ears play an important role in receiving sounds, the process of hearing really happens in the brain.
When sounds arrive at the ears all components are encoded in up to 36,000,000 electrical impulses per ear (ex., just like 360,000,000 pixels of an image).
The brain arranges these impulses into high resolution patterns instantaneously, automatically and effortlessly.
These impulses travel to different areas of the brain called the auditory cortices. The left auditory cortex processes mainly phonemes and sequential differences and the right side processes tonal differences and prosody.
Ultimately the brain matches these impulse patterns into patterns in our auditory memory with assigned meanings. Then, we comprehend.