The majority of individuals who wear hearing aids are happy with their experience: Based upon one recent survey, when talking one-on-one, 91% of individuals who use hearing aids are pleased with their experience. When talking about specific activities, 85% were satisfied in a group setting and watching TV, 78% while in the store, and 75% in a restaurant or on the phone.
These are some wonderfully positive numbers for an intricate device such as a hearing aid. But that still leaves us questioning, what’s happening with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. What makes them less happy with their hearing devices?
People with hearing aids have some good and some bad things to say about them. (The good news, most of the bad stuff can be easily fixed.)
For individuals who are pleased with their hearing aids, this article will make you even more happy. And for people who are less happy, this article should help you deal with your concerns.
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 vitality. They feel like they can better participate and stay active.
Their failure to hear isn’t so discouraging anymore. Because they don’t have to struggle to hear what people are saying, they feel less fatigued.
For many individuals, a hearing aid helps them feel more connected to their world and others, which is when they feel happiest.
2. At first, sounds seemed distorted
Modern hearing aids 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.
It’s not difficult to learn to use a hearing aid. But getting used to them will take some practice.
3. I needed assistance finding out how to use my hearing aid
A typical misunderstanding about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If it doesn’t sound good when they first get home they might get the misconception that this is as good as it gets and choose not to use the hearing aid.
Hearing is more complex than you might know. Modern Hearing aids incorporate settings that address many degrees and types of hearing loss.
Our skilled hearing specialists will undertake a hearing aid fitting in the office. It’s strongly advised that you practice using your hearing aid by talking with a friend initially.
If it still doesn’t sound right after a couple of weeks, consult us. We can probably make adjustments or help you better understand how the hearing aid works in settings where you’re having difficulty.
4. Without full hearing, you forgot what you were missing out on
Can you recall what gentle laughter or a delicate whisper sounds like? How about soft music, singing birds, wind chimes, or the wind? Perhaps you can’t recall what children playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the delicate breathing of your significant other.
Many individuals who get a hearing aid share that it’s a pleasant surprise to suddenly hear these little things that they had forgotten about. Having these sounds restored means the full magnificence of the world around can once again be experienced by people who get hearing aids.
5. Getting used to my new hearing aid took some getting used to.
When you were a toddler and had to wear shoes for the first time, you most likely thought that was awkward. Now you might choose to wear them all the time. It might take time to become accustomed to a new hat or a new watch, in a similar way.
Our bodies are designed to feel discomfort when something seems out of place, such as a hearing aid going into your outer ear. Eventually, when the body understands that it’s not threatened, it will become used to and comfortable with the new device.
6. I wish I hadn’t put off so long to purchase my hearing aid
People who took the time to get used to their hearing aids would not go back. They usually feel disappointed about waiting so long and they would never give up the benefits of being able to hear.
People now wearing them who had trouble at first, say they’re so glad they stuck with it. It’s made their life a great deal more enriched.
Focus on improved hearing
If you aren’t having the best experience with your hearing aid, don’t give up. It’s worth the effort and time. It will become second nature before too long.
Talk to us today about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can help you fine-tune your hearing aids in a faster and more effective way. The adjustment is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.