What sort of changes will I have to make in my life once I have a hearing aid?
First, understand that a hearing aid will not completely restore your hearing. What it will do is enhance sound so you can hear well. Since hearing loss is gradual, over the years you may have become unaccustomed to normal environmental sounds such as traffic noise, the hum of a refrigerator or background conversation. When you begin wearing hearing aids there is a rehabilitative process. You will need to re-train your brain to practice selective listening, the ability to choose only those sounds which you wish to hear. By wearing your hearing aids as much as possible and making them a part of you, you will become skilled at recognizing sound direction, learning what hearing aid settings work best in different situations.