The majority of individuals who wear hearing aids are pleased with their results: As reported by one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of individuals who wear hearing aids are pleased with their experience. When talking about particular activities, 85% were satisfied in a group environment and watching TV, 78% while in the store, and 75% in a restaurant or on the phone.
These are some wonderfully positive figures for an intricate device like a hearing aid. But that still leaves us questioning, what’s happening with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. What makes them less satisfied with their hearing devices?
People with hearing aids have some good and some bad things to say about them. (We can easily fix the majority of the bad things and that’s the good news!)
If you love your hearing aid, this article will make you love it even more. If you aren’t as happy with it as wish you were, we’ll investigate what to do about it.
1. I feel more connected
There’s frequently a reconnection with friends and loved ones for individuals who have had their ability to hear revived with hearing aids. They have more energy. They feel like they can better participate and stay active.
Their failure to hear isn’t so frustrating anymore. They feel less fatigued because they don’t have to work so hard to understand what other people are saying.
For many individuals, a hearing aid helps them feel more connected to their world and others, which is when they feel happiest.
2. They may sound distorted initially
Hearing aids nowadays are digital. They have lots of advanced settings for different hearing environments rather than simply making everything louder. That’s why people may be so satisfied in a one-on-one conversation but dissatisfied in a restaurant or on the phone.
Hearing aids aren’t complicated to learn to use. But getting used to them will take some practice.
3. I couldn’t find out how to use my hearing aid on my own
Hearing aids aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution as many individuals might think. If it doesn’t sound great when they leave the office they might get the misconception that this is as good as it gets and decide it’s easier not to use the hearing aid.
Hearing is more complex than you may recognize. Hearing aids are designed to target various types and degrees of hearing loss by changing the way sound enters the ear.
Our experienced hearing specialists will complete a hearing aid fitting in the office. When you get home, we recommend that you practice using your hearing aid with a friend in various settings.
If it still doesn’t sound good after a few weeks, consult us. We can very likely make adjustments or help you better understand how the hearing aid works in environments where you’re having difficulty.
4. Without healthy hearing, you forgot what you were missing
Do you recall what a subtle whisper sounds like? What about gentle laughter? How about the wind, wind chimes, birds singing, or soft music? Perhaps you’ve forgotten what it’s like to hear the soft breath of a significant other sitting near you or youngsters playing outside.
Hearing these little subtle sounds that were forgotten about is surprisingly pleasant according to many individuals who get hearing aids. Having these sounds restored means the whole magnificence of the world around can once again be experienced by people who get hearing aids.
5. It took a while to get accustomed to my hearing aids
You most likely weren’t at first comfortable with your first pair of shoes when you were a toddler. Now you may prefer to use them all the time. It might take time to get used to a new hat or a new watch, in a similar way.
Our bodies are designed to feel uncomfortable when something seems out of place, such as a hearing aid going into your outer ear. Eventually, when the body knows that it’s not threatened, it will become used to and comfortable with the new device.
6. I wish I would have invested in my hearing aids sooner
People would never go back to having hearing loss if they were persistent and took the time to become accustomed to them. They normally regret waiting so long and they would never give up the advantages of healthy hearing.
Individuals who had patience and stuck with it were glad that they did. It’s made their life a great deal more enriched.
Improved hearing should be the focus
Be patient and don’t quit, even if you’re not yet having the best experience. It’s worth the time and effort. Before long, wearing the hearing aid will become automatic.
Whatever you’re experiencing with your hearing aid today, consult us about it. We can help you adjust your hearing aids in a faster and more efficient way. Enjoying all that life has to provide with restored hearing is worth the patients.