by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Audiologist Erin Newman, Au.D., is on the ball and goes the second mile to help her patients. She wrote,
A couple of years ago, while searching the Internet for articles I needed for an Au.D. course, I came across your wonderful article entitled: “Becoming Friends with Your New Hearing Aids.” I photocopied it, and have given it to all my new hearing aid users ever since.
“Becoming Friends with Your New Hearing Aids” has made a huge difference in hearing aid users understanding and acceptance of their hearing aids’ idiosyncrasies. Even though I always verbally explained these, having it written down in a concise, humorous, informative manner by a third party really brought it home for people.
One of my patients had purchased hearing aids a year before at the local hospital, only to return them for a refund in less than a week. I gave her your article to read after her hearing aid evaluation. When she returned two weeks later for the actual fitting, she said, “Wow, why didn’t anyone ever explain this to me before? I would have probably given those other hearing aids more time!”
If you are a first time hearing aid wearer, or are considering getting a hearing aid, you need to read this article. It will help you successfully adjust to wearing your new hearing aids as the above story attests.