The majority of individuals who use hearing aids are pleased with their experience: Based upon one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of people who use hearing aids are pleased with their experience. When talking about specific 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 numbers for a complex device like a hearing aid. But we have to ask, what are the other 9%, 15%, and 25% feeling? What makes them less happy with their hearing devices?
People who use hearing aids have some good and some bad things to convey about them. (The good news, the majority of the bad things can be easily fixed.)
If you love your hearing aid, this article will make you love it even more. If you aren’t as satisfied with it as you’d like to be, we’ll explore 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. They have more vitality. They participate and stay more active.
Their failure to hear isn’t as frustrating anymore. They feel less tired because they don’t have to work so hard to understand what other people are saying.
People are often happiest when they feel connected with other people and their world, and for many wearing a hearing aid makes this possible.
2. They might sound distorted initially
Hearing aids nowadays are digital. They don’t simply make sounds louder, they have lots of settings to help you hear best in a variety of places. 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 misconception about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If it doesn’t sound right when they leave the office they might think that this is as good as it gets and choose not to wear the hearing aid.
You might not even realize how complex hearing loss is. Modern Hearing aids incorporate settings that target many degrees and types of hearing loss.
Our expert hearing specialists will undertake a hearing aid fitting in the office. It’s strongly recommended that you practice using your hearing aid by talking with a friend initially.
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 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’ve forgotten how it makes you feel to hear the gentle breath of a significant other sitting close beside you or children playing outside.
Hearing these little subtle sounds that were forgotten about is surprisingly pleasing according to many people who get hearing aids. It means a great deal to have these sounds restored, it allows them to once again experience the fullness and grandeur of the world around them.
5. Getting used to my new hearing aid took some getting used to.
You most likely weren’t at first comfortable with your first pair of shoes when you were a toddler. Now you may like to wear them all the time. It may 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, like a hearing aid going into your outer ear. Eventually, when the body knows that it’s not threatened, it will become accustomed to and comfortable with the new device.
6. I wish I would have invested in my hearing aids sooner
Individuals who put in the time to get used to their hearing aids would not go back. They wouldn’t give up all the benefits of hearing, and they often regret waiting so long to invest in a hearing aid.
People who were patient and stuck with it were happy that they did. It’s made their life a great deal more enriched.
Improved hearing should be the drive
Be patient and don’t give up, even if you’re not yet having the best experience. The effort and time will be worth it. It will become automatic before too long.
Let us know about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can typically offer tips on how to get used to your hearing aids faster. The patience is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.