The majority of people who wear hearing aids are happy with their results: 91% of hearing aid users are satisfied with the hearing aid experience when talking one-on-one, according to a recent survey. When breaking down results with particular activities, 75% were satisfied in a restaurant or on the phone, 78% were satisfied while in the supermarket, and 85% were satisfied watching TV or in a group.
For a sophisticated device like a hearing aid, these are some amazingly positive results. But that still leaves us questioning, what’s going on with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. Why aren’t they as happy with their devices?
Individuals with hearing aids have some good and some bad things to convey about them. (The good news, the majority of the bad stuff can be easily fixed.)
For individuals who are happy with their hearing aids, this article will make you even happier. And for people who are less happy, this article should help you deal with your concerns.
1. I feel more connected
People who have had their ability to hear revived with a hearing aid often feel reconnected with individuals around them. Their energy levels are increased. They feel like they can better engage and remain active.
They find their days filled with less frustration over their inability to hear. 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. They might sound distorted initially
Contemporary hearing aids are digital. They have many advanced settings for different hearing environments rather than simply making everything louder. That’s why people might 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 they do take some practice getting used to them.
3. I needed assistance finding out how to use my hearing aid
A frequent misconception about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If it doesn’t sound great when they leave the office they may think that this is as good as it gets and decide it’s easier not to wear the hearing aid.
Hearing is more complex than you might know. Modern Hearing aids include settings that address many degrees and types of hearing loss.
Our experienced hearing specialists will complete a hearing aid fitting in the office. It’s strongly suggested that you practice using your hearing aid by talking with a friend at first.
Talk with us if you’re still having difficulty after a few weeks. We can likely make modifications or help you better comprehend 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 recollect what gentle laughter or a delicate whisper sounds like? How about soft music, birds singing, wind chimes, or the wind? Perhaps you’ve forgotten what it’s like to hear the delicate breath of a significant other sitting near you or children playing outside.
Hearing these little discreet sounds that were forgotten about is surprisingly 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
You most likely weren’t at first comfortable with your first pair of shoes when you were a baby. Now you might like to use them all the time. 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 placed in your ear canal, your body is designed to initially feel uncomfortable. But pretty soon, the body recognizes there is no threat and welcomes the device as an extension of the body.
6. I wish I hadn’t put off so long to get 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 advantages of hearing, and they frequently regret putting off for so long to get a hearing aid.
People now wearing them who struggled initially, say they’re so happy they persevered. Their lives have become a great deal more enriched.
Focus on improved hearing
Be patient and don’t quit, even if you’re not yet having the ideal experience. The effort and the time will be worth it. Soon, wearing the hearing aid will become automatic.
Talk to us today about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can usually offer advice on how to adjust to your hearing aids faster. The patience is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.