Adjust to Hearing Again

Q:  My husband, our children, and I have lots of upcoming holiday events in Austin.  Should I hold off getting hearing aids until things settle down?  

A:  Hearing better is often easy to delay.  Even though poor hearing is a nuisance, you and people around you have likely adapted to it – for better or worse.  Your reduction in hearing has become familiar.  For you, hearing better is a big unknown.  What will voices, music, and nature sound like once you can hear better?  The music and crowds at the Trail of Lights?  The shoppers at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar?  People sharing gift ideas and holiday plans? Will hearing someone sneeze scare you? 

   With your busy schedule the next few weeks, you might not have time for an appointment and some follow-ups.  And re-adjusting to hearing better can be tiring to certain people during the first few days of an active schedule.  In contrast, hearing better at your upcoming holiday events and gatherings could be surprisingly uplifting.  Why not hear better during one of the most socially active and celebratory times of the year?  You might enjoy all the events even more.  Once you begin using hearing aids, you will notice hearing better right away.  Your hearing will continue to improve for four to six weeks throughout a trial period.