Most individuals are pleased with their hearing aids: Based upon one recent survey, when talking one-on-one, 91% of individuals who use hearing aids are satisfied with their experience. When speaking 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.
For a sophisticated device like a hearing aid, these are some incredibly positive results. But that still leaves us wondering, what’s happening with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. What makes them less satisfied with their hearing devices?
Let’s discover the good and the bad things people have to say about their hearing aid experience. (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. And for people who are less thrilled, this article should help you tackle your concerns.
1. I feel more connected
People who have had their ability to hear restored with a hearing aid often feel reconnected with people around them. They have more vitality. They feel like they can better participate and remain active.
Their failure to hear isn’t as frustrating anymore. Because they don’t have to work as hard to hear what people are saying, they feel less exhausted.
People are typically happiest when they feel connected with others and their world, and for many wearing a hearing aid makes this possible.
2. In the beginning, sounds seemed distorted
Contemporary hearing aids are digital. They have lots of advanced settings for different hearing environments rather than simply making everything louder. Because of this, some individuals may be dissatisfied when they’re in a noisy environment like a restaurant or talking on the phone but quite pleased when in a one-on-one conversation.
It isn’t difficult 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
Hearing aids aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution as some individuals may presume. If it doesn’t sound great 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 use the hearing aid.
You may not even realize how complex hearing loss is. Modern Hearing aids incorporate settings that address many degrees and types of hearing loss.
Our experienced hearing specialists will undertake a hearing aid fitting in the office. When you get home, we highly recommend that you practice using your hearing aid with a friend in a variety of settings.
If it still doesn’t sound good after a few weeks, consult us. We can help you have a better comprehension of how your settings 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
Can you recollect what gentle laughter or a delicate whisper sounds like? How about the wind, wind chimes, birds singing, or quiet music? Perhaps you’ve forgotten how it makes you feel to hear the delicate breath of a significant other sitting close beside you or youngsters playing outside.
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 people who get hearing aids.
5. It took a while to get used to my hearing aids
When you were a tot and had to put on shoes for the first time, you probably thought that was uncomfortable. But now, of course, you’re totally comfortable with them. It might take time to get used to a new hat or a new watch, in a similar way.
Our bodies are made to feel uncomfortable 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
Individuals would never go back to having hearing loss if they were patient and took the time to become accustomed to them. They typically regret putting off for so long and they would never give up the benefits of being able to hear.
Individuals who had patience and preserved were thankful that they did. Their lives have become a great deal more enriched.
Pay attention to improved hearing
If you’re not having the ideal experience with your hearing aid, don’t quit. The effort and the time will be worth it. It will become second nature before too long.
Whatever you’re experiencing with your hearing aid today, talk with us about it. 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.