Most people are pleased with their hearing aids: Based upon one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of people who wear hearing aids are pleased with their experience. When breaking down results with particular activities, 75% were satisfied in a restaurant or on the phone, 78% were satisfied while in the grocery store, and 85% were satisfied watching TV or in a group.
For a sophisticated device like a hearing aid, these are some extremely positive results. But we have to ask, what are the other 9%, 15%, and 25% feeling? Why aren’t they as satisfied with their devices?
Let’s explore the good and the bad things people have to say about their hearing aid results. (We can easily fix the majority of the bad stuff and that’s the good news!)
If you love your hearing aid, this article will help you love it even more. And for people who are less happy, this article should help you address your concerns.
1. I feel more connected
There’s often a reconnection with friends and loved ones for individuals who have had their ability to hear revived with hearing aids. Their energy levels are increased. They participate and stay more active.
Their inability to hear isn’t so frustrating anymore. Because they don’t have to work as hard to hear what people are saying, they feel less tired.
For many individuals, a hearing aid allows them to feel more connected to their world and others, which is when they feel happiest.
2. They might sound distorted initially
Hearing aids today are digital. They have many 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.
It isn’t hard to learn to use a hearing aid. But getting used to them will take a little practice.
3. I needed assistance finding out how to use my hearing aid
A frequent misunderstanding about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If it doesn’t sound good 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 wear the hearing aid.
You may not even realize how complex hearing loss is. Modern Hearing aids incorporate settings that target many degrees and types of hearing loss.
When you’re in the office, we will do a thorough hearing aid fitting. 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 right after a few weeks, consult us. We can help you have a better knowledge of how your functions work and we can most likely do some fine-tuning for you.
4. I had forgotten what I was missing out on without complete hearing
Do you recall what a playful whisper sounds like? What about gentle laughter? What about the wind, wind chimes, birds singing, or quiet music? Maybe you can’t recall what kids playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the delicate breathing of your significant other.
Hearing these little subtle sounds that were forgotten about is unexpectedly pleasant according to many people who get hearing aids. Having these sounds restored means the full brilliance of the world around can once again be experienced by individuals who get hearing aids.
5. It took some time to get accustomed to my hearing aids
When you were a tot and had to put on shoes for the first time, you probably thought that was awkward. Now you may prefer to wear them all the time. Similarly, a new watch or a new hat might take a little time to get accustomed to.
Our bodies are made to feel discomfort when something feels out of place, like a hearing aid going into your outer ear. Eventually, when the body recognizes that it’s not threatened, it will become used to and comfortable with the new device.
6. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to invest in my hearing aid
Individuals who made the effort to get used to their hearing aids would never go back. They usually feel disappointed about waiting so long and they would never give up the advantages of healthy hearing.
Of those now wearing them who had trouble initially, say they’re so glad they stuck with it. It’s made their life a great deal more enriched.
Improved hearing should be the drive
If you aren’t having the ideal experience with your hearing aid, don’t give up. It’s worth the time and effort. Before long, wearing the hearing aid will become second nature.
Whatever you’re experiencing with your hearing aid today, consult us about it. We can help you fine-tune your hearing aids in a faster and more efficient way. Enjoying all that life has to offer with restored hearing is worth the adjustment.