As author Stephen R. Covey knows, the key to success lies within you; all you have to do is find it, stick a spigot in it and turn on the tap. As with Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, the seven highly effective habits of hearing aid users are simple and straightforward. In many cases, hearing loss is a permanent condition, and so it’s something you have to learn to live with. With a few tweaks to your daily routine and an adjustment on your mental perspective, you too can be a highly successful person, hearing loss and all.
1) Wear the hearing aids
If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to improve your condition with hearing aids, wear them! They won’t do you any good sitting in your nightstand. Even though you might be self-conscious about the way they look, your hearing loss is infinitely more noticeable when you don’t wear them.
2) Communicate effectively
When you miss part of a person’s speech, don’t give up on the conversation. Instead, look for ways around it. Where your ears fail, your eyes and brain can often fill in. Use visual clues like facial expression, body language and lip reading to help fill in the gaps your ears can’t. Look at the speaker when he or she is talking, and pay attention to all the little details.
3) Own it
When you have hearing loss, it’s extremely important to be proactive on your own behalf.