Asking for help can be one of the hardest things we do as humans, but when you have hearing loss asking for help is important. We often see patients struggle with hearing loss alone even when there are many benefits associated with reaching out for help. Below are a few ideas of where to seek help and why.

Organized support groups. There is real benefit to being able to talk through your hearing loss with others who share your struggle. You can find real comfort in a shared experience and a sense of relief when you learn that you are not alone. Support groups also often feature hearing health care professionals who share tips and tricks for managing hearing aid technology. To find a support group, a great place to start is to ask your audiologist for a recommendation. Locally, you can also contact the Hearing Loss Association of Rochester for information.

Family and friends. It may come as a surprise to you, but your friends and family want to help you hear your best! Asking a friend or family member to accompany you to an audiologist appointment is a great way to ensure you capture all the information. Another idea is to ask a family member to help you practice with your new hearing aid technology. It may start by having a simple conversation at home or perhaps practicing over the telephone phone. Hearing aid technology does require an adjustment period and having someone to practice listening scenarios with is a great way to ease this transition.

Audiologist. Seeking help from a professional audiologist is not a one-time appointment or transaction. Your audiologist is your true partner as you travel the road to better hearing. Your audiologist will support you during the adjustment period with your new hearing aid technology. This includes a proper fitting and setting adjustments. Your audiology clinic will also work with you to ensure you know how to care for your hearing aids and help you build the confidence you need to handle your hearing aids every day.

The road to better hearing is easier when you have a strong support system, so take time today to make a list with who you could ask for help.