The majority of individuals who use hearing aids are happy with their experience: 91% of hearing aid users are happy with the hearing aid experience when speaking 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 figures for a complex device like a hearing aid. But that still leaves us wondering, what’s going on with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. Why aren’t they as happy with their devices?
Let’s discover the good and the bad things individuals have to say about their hearing aid results. (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 excited, this article should help you address your concerns.
1. I feel more connected
There’s often a reconnection with friends and loved ones for people 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 discouragement over their failure to hear. Because they don’t have to work as hard to hear what people are saying, they feel less exhausted.
People are usually happiest when they feel connected with others and their world, and for many wearing a hearing aid makes this possible.
2. They might sound distorted initially
Modern hearing aids are digital. They have lots of advanced settings for different hearing environments rather than just 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.
It’s not hard to learn to use a hearing aid. But they do take some practice getting used to them.
3. I couldn’t find out how to use my hearing aid on my own
Hearing aids aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution as some people might presume. People might leave the office with the misconception that the sound won’t get any better, which may prompt them not to wear them.
You might not even understand how complex hearing loss can be. Modern Hearing aids include settings that target many levels and types of hearing loss.
Our expert hearing specialists will complete a hearing aid fitting in the office. When you get home, we recommend that you practice using your hearing aid with a friend in various settings.
Consult with us if you’re still having trouble after a couple of weeks. We can most likely make adjustments or help you better comprehend how the hearing aid works in settings where you’re having trouble.
4. Without healthy hearing, you forgot what you were missing out on
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 can’t recall what children playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the soft 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. Becoming accustomed to my new hearing aid took some getting accustomed to.
You most likely weren’t at first comfortable with your first pair of shoes when you were a toddler. Now you might like to wear them all the time. It may take time to get used to a new hat or a new watch, in a similar way.
When something like a hearing aid is first put in your ear canal, your body is designed to initially feel discomfort. 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 waited 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 become accustomed to them. They typically feel disappointed about waiting so long and they would never give up the advantages of being able to hear.
Individuals who had patience and stuck with it were thankful that they did. It’s made their life 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. It’s worth the time and effort. It will become second nature before too long.
Let us know 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.