The majority of individuals who use hearing aids are happy with their results: As reported by one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of people who wear hearing aids are happy with their results. When analyzing 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 extremely positive results. But we have to question, what are the other 9%, 15%, and 25% experiencing? Why aren’t they as satisfied with their devices?
Let’s examine the good and the bad things individuals have to say about their hearing aid results. (The good news, the majority of the bad things can be easily fixed.)
For individuals who are happy with their hearing aids, this article will make you even happier. If you aren’t as happy with it as you’d like to be, we’ll investigate what to do about it.
1. I feel more connected
People who have had their ability to hear restored with a hearing aid often feel reconnected with individuals around them. Their energy levels are higher. They engage and stay more active.
They find their days filled with less discouragement over their inability to hear. Because they don’t have to work as hard to hear what people are saying, they feel less exhausted.
For many people, a hearing aid helps them feel more connected to their world and others, which is when they feel happiest.
2. At first, sounds seemed distorted
Hearing aids nowadays 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 difficult to learn to use. But getting used to them will take some practice.
3. I needed help finding out how to use my hearing aid
Hearing aids aren’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution as many individuals may presume. If it doesn’t sound right when they first get home they might get the misconception that this is as good as it gets and choose not to use the hearing aid.
You may not even understand how complex hearing loss can be. Hearing aids are designed to target numerous types and levels of hearing loss by changing how sound enters the ear.
When you’re in the office, we will perform a thorough hearing aid fitting. It’s strongly recommended that you practice using your hearing aid by chatting with a friend initially.
Talk with us if you’re still having difficulty after a few weeks. We can help you get a better comprehension of how your settings work and we can likely do some fine-tuning for you.
4. Without healthy hearing, you forgot what you were missing out on
Can you recall what gentle laughter or a delicate whisper sounds like? How about the wind, wind chimes, birds singing, or soft music? Perhaps you can’t recall what kids playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the gentle breathing of your significant other.
Hearing these little subtle sounds that were forgotten about is surprisingly 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. It took a while to get accustomed to my hearing aids
When you were a toddler and had to wear shoes for the first time, you probably thought that was uncomfortable. 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.
When something like a hearing aid is initially placed in your ear canal, your body is made to initially feel discomfort. But pretty soon, the body recognizes there’s no threat and accepts the device as an extension of the body.
6. I wish I would have purchased my hearing aids sooner
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 give up all the advantages of hearing, and they often regret putting off for so long to invest in a hearing aid.
People who were patient and preserved were glad that they did. Their lives have become so much more enriched.
Pay attention to improved hearing
Be patient and don’t quit, even if you aren’t yet having the best experience. The effort and the time will be worth it. Soon, using the hearing aid will become second nature.
Let us know about what you’re experiencing with your hearing aids. We can help you adjust your hearing aids in a faster and more effective way. Enjoying all that life has to provide with restored hearing is worth the adjustment.