Selective hearing: definition, symptoms, treatment, and listening tips


Wearing hearing aids isn’t like putting on your first pair of glasses. The world won’t snap right into focus. In fact, for most people it takes a few days khổng lồ a few weeks before they get used to lớn them. Don’t give up! Hearing sida are an adjustment, but a richer, fuller experience awaits when you learn about these four ways lớn train your ears to hear again. Just practice the 4 P’s to lớn success! 



When you put hearing aids into your ears for the first time, some of the things you hear may not sound the way you remember them or may seem completely foreign. All the new sounds may even be overwhelming. This is completely normal. You haven’t heard everything for a long time and your brain has forgotten how some things are supposed lớn sound. Getting used lớn the feel of hearing aids in your ears can take time as well. That’s normal too. Be patient & give yourself time to lớn get used lớn the feel of hearing sida in your ears. Before long you won’t even notice they’re there. Wear your hearing aids every day for four khổng lồ six weeks at a minimum. This will give your body and mind enough experience to lớn adjust lớn a new way of hearing.

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One of the best ways to lớn help your ears & brain get used to hearing all the sounds around you again is to lớn wear your new hearing aids for at least 8 hours a day. Wearing them for just a couple of hours or infrequently—like only when you go out—could slow your progress or even prevent your brain from fully adapting to your new hearing aids. Be persistent in wearing them for most of the day, most of the time. Then, if you’re still having trouble after wearing them for two weeks, visit your provider và share what you are experiencing. Your provider can then make adjustments based on your feedback. It’s common to lớn need an adjustment, but it will be much easier for your provider to lớn know what khổng lồ change if you have been wearing them consistently for at least 8 hours a day.Here’s a good way to chạy thử your progress:

Wear them for at least 8 hours a day for two weeksThen vày a routine activity, lượt thích watching TV, without themYou’ll be amazed at the difference!


If you want the best results, wearing hearing aids is just like any other activity. Practice makes perfect! You’ll adapt khổng lồ your new hearing sida more quickly if you try them in many different situations. It will also help you identify specific problems that may require an adjustment, such as the volume being too soft for sounds at certain frequencies. Spend time with your friends or family doing activities that allow you to experience hearing with your new hearing sida in different settings.

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Go for a walk together lớn try them outdoorsSit in a quiet space togetherHave a family party or go out to lớn dinner together

You should also practice wearing them in challenging environments. Visit a noisy place lượt thích a public gathering or a busy restaurant. It’s a great way khổng lồ put your new hearing to the test. Don’t be alarmed if you can’t hear everything; these environments can be difficult for everyone. Instead, ask someone with normal hearing if they are having trouble too; they probably are. Aural rehabilitation programs are another way khổng lồ accelerate your progress. Rehabilitation training such asclEARandLACEcan dramatically reduce the effort needed to lớn listen and understand when people are speaking khổng lồ you.



Last but not least, a positive attitude can make all the difference. Wearing hearing aids may not be easy at first, but if you stick with it you’ll see the benefits before long. Remember, you have a team of people rooting for you!

Your family:ask for their help và encouragement as you practice wearing your hearing aids in new situations; they’ll be the first to notice the improvementYour provider:most people need additional adjustments khổng lồ their hearing aids before they get it right; take advantage of this valuable our User Portal for more tips và advice that can help you succeed with your new hearing aids

Most of all, stick with it! Follow the 4 P’s, và you will significantly increase your chances for success.

Communication Tips from Your Peers


Even with the help of hearing aids, not everyone can hear perfectly. Here’s great advice from other hearing aid wearers on how they have improved their ability khổng lồ communicate with their family and friends.

“I make sure my husband always looks at me when talking khổng lồ me. I also mention the fact that I use a hearing aid to lớn other people, so they know how lớn communicate with me.”– Mara LaBurt, Chapel Hill, NC

“I try lớn visit one-on-one rather than in groups & look for quiet places when possible. I’m starting a program called Lace Listening lớn train my attention. I also pay attention to toàn thân language.”– Sharrel Boike, Bloomington, IN

“I change settings on my hearing aids—for crowds, for normal conversations, or for listening to music. I find this simple, easy, & effective.”– Theodore Jacus, Roselle, IL

“I try khổng lồ focus on the person I am speaking with by facing them, so that I can use both my hearing aids & lip reading lớn assist me in deciphering what is being said.”– Nancy Adler, Lexington, MA

“My family & friends are all aware I wear hearing aids. I’ve learned that sometimes if I cannot hear things, I will laugh và say, ‘Hold on a sec,’ & adjust my hearing aids, và they laugh with me. Wearing hearing sida isn’t embarrassing—constantly saying ‘what’ is.” – Sonni Joyner, Davie, FL