The majority of people who wear hearing aids are satisfied with their experience: 91% of hearing aid wearers are happy with the hearing aid experience when talking one-on-one, based on a recent survey. When analyzing results with particular activities, 75% were satisfied in a restaurant or on the phone, 78% were satisfied while in the grocery store, and 85% were satisfied watching TV or in a group.
These are some spectacularly positive numbers for an intricate 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. And for individuals who are less happy, this article should help you tackle 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. Their energy levels are increased. They engage and stay more active.
They find their days filled with less frustration over their inability to hear. They feel less exhausted because they don’t have to struggle to understand what people are saying.
People are typically happiest when they feel connected with others and their world, and for many using a hearing aid makes this possible.
2. They might sound distorted initially
Modern hearing aids are digital. They don’t simply make sounds louder, they have lots of settings to help you hear better 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 isn’t hard to learn to use a hearing aid. But getting used to them will take some practice.
3. I needed assistance learning 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 great when they leave the office they might get the misconception that this is as good as it gets and choose not to wear the hearing aid.
You may not even realize how complex hearing loss can be. 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 suggested that you practice using your hearing aid by chatting with a friend initially.
If it still doesn’t sound good after a couple of weeks, consult us. We can help you have a better knowledge of how your settings work and we can probably do some fine-tuning for you.
4. I had forgotten what I was missing without healthy hearing
Do you remember what a subtle whisper sounds like? What about gentle laughter? How about soft music, singing birds, wind chimes, or the wind? Maybe you’ve forgotten how it makes you feel to hear the soft breath of a significant other sitting near you or children playing outside.
Hearing these little discreet sounds that were forgotten about is unexpectedly pleasing according to many individuals who get hearing aids. Having these sounds restored means the whole magnificence of the world around can once again be experienced by individuals who get hearing aids.
5. Becoming accustomed to my new hearing aid took some getting accustomed to.
When you were a tot and had to wear shoes for the first time, you most likely thought that was awkward. Now you might choose to use 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 hadn’t put off so long to get my hearing aid
People would never go back to having hearing loss if they were persistent and took the time to get used to them. They normally feel disappointed about putting off for so long and they would never give up the advantages of being able to hear.
Of those now wearing them who struggled initially, say they’re so happy they persevered. It’s made their life a whole lot 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. Soon, wearing the hearing aid will become automatic.
Let us know about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can typically give you tips on how to get used to your hearing aids faster. The adjustment is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.