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Acclimatization to Hearing Aids

Acclimatization to hearing aids refers to the postfitting habituation to amplified sound that continues until maximum receptive communication benefit with hearing aids is reached. This is achieved by exposure to sounds in the aided condition, to which people are not accustomed after a period of hearing loss before choosing to wear hearing aids. Their ability to adjust to, learn from, and appreciate these new sounds is determined by the auditory–neural plasticity of the individual and the difference between his or her unaided and aided perception. The period of acclimatization to hearing aids is relevant to auditory rehabilitation. This entry discusses the importance of considering time of acclimatization during collection of postfitting outcome measures.

A dominant concept in research into acclimatization to hearing aids is that the ...

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