The majority of individuals who wear hearing aids are happy with their results: Based upon one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of individuals who wear hearing aids are happy with their results. When speaking about particular activities, 85% were satisfied in a group environment and watching TV, 78% while shopping, and 75% in a restaurant or on the phone.
These are some spectacularly positive figures for a complex device such as a hearing aid. But we have to ask, what are the other 9%, 15%, and 25% experiencing? What makes them less satisfied with their hearing aid?
People with hearing aids have some good and some bad things to convey about them. (We can easily fix most of the bad things and that’s the good news!)
If you love your hearing aid, this article will help you love it even more. If you’re not as happy with it as you’d like to be, we’ll investigate what to do about it.
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 failure to hear isn’t as frustrating anymore. Because they don’t need to work as hard to hear what people are saying, they feel less fatigued.
For many individuals, a hearing aid allows them to feel more connected to their world and others, which is when they feel happiest.
2. In the beginning, sounds seemed distorted
Hearing aids today are digital. They don’t only make sounds louder, they have many settings to help you hear best in a variety of places. That’s why people might be so satisfied in a one-on-one conversation but dissatisfied in a restaurant or on the phone.
It’s not difficult to learn to use a hearing aid. But getting used to them will take a bit of practice.
3. I needed assistance learning how to use my hearing aid
Hearing aids aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution as many people may presume. If it doesn’t sound great when they first get home they might think that this is as good as it gets and choose not to use the hearing aid.
You might not even understand how complex hearing loss can be. Modern Hearing aids have settings that address many levels and types of hearing loss.
When you are 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.
Consult with us if you’re still having difficulty after a few weeks. We can help you have a better comprehension of how your functions work and we can probably make some fine adjustments for you.
4. I had forgotten what I was missing out on without complete hearing
Can you recollect what gentle laughter or a delicate whisper sounds like? What about soft music, singing birds, wind chimes, or the wind? Perhaps you can’t remember what children playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the delicate breathing of your significant other.
Hearing these little discreet sounds that were forgotten about is surprisingly pleasing according to many individuals who get hearing aids. Having these sounds restored means the full brilliance of the world around can once again be experienced by people who get hearing aids.
5. Becoming accustomed to my new hearing aid took some getting used to.
When you were a tot and had to put on shoes for the first time, you probably thought that was awkward. But now, of course, you’re completely comfortable with them. It might take time to become accustomed to a new hat or a new watch, in a similar way.
When something like a hearing aid is first put in your ear canal, your body is designed to initially feel discomfort. 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 purchase my hearing aid
People would never go back to having hearing loss if they were patient and took the time to become accustomed to them. They wouldn’t trade all the benefits of hearing, and they frequently regret putting off for so long to invest in a hearing aid.
Among those now wearing them who struggled initially, say they’re so thankful they stuck with it. It’s made their life a great deal more enriched.
Pay attention to improved hearing
Be patient and don’t quit, even if you aren’t yet having the best experience. It’s worth the time and effort. It will become second nature before too long.
Let us know about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can help you fine-tune your hearing aids in a faster and more efficient way. The adjustment is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.