The majority of individuals who wear hearing aids are satisfied with their results: 91% of hearing aid users are pleased with the hearing aid experience when speaking one-on-one, according to a recent survey. When breaking down 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 dramatically positive figures for an intricate device like 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 devices?
Let’s explore the good and the bad things people have to say about their hearing aid experience. (We can easily fix the majority 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. If you’re not as satisfied with it as wish you were, we’ll explore what to do about it.
1. I feel more connected
People who have had their ability to hear revived with a hearing aid often feel reconnected with those around them. Their energy levels are increased. They participate and stay more active.
They find their days filled with less discouragement over their failure to hear. They feel less fatigued because they don’t have to struggle to understand what people are saying.
People are often happiest when they feel connected to other people and their world, and for many wearing a hearing aid makes that possible.
2. They may sound distorted initially
Modern hearing aids are digital. They don’t only make sounds louder, they have lots of settings to help you hear better in various places. 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
A typical confusion about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. People may leave the office with the misconception that the sound won’t get any better, which may prompt them not to wear them.
You may not even realize how complex hearing loss can be. Hearing aids are developed to manage numerous types and levels of hearing loss by transforming how sound goes into the ear.
Our skilled 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 at first.
Talk with us if you’re still having trouble after a few weeks. We can most likely make modifications or help you better understand how the hearing aid works in settings where you’re having difficulty.
4. Without full hearing, you forgot what you were missing
Do you remember what a playful whisper sounds like? How about gentle laughter? What about soft music, birds singing, wind chimes, or the wind? Maybe you can’t remember what children playing sounds like, or you’ve forgotten the sound of the soft 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. It means a great deal to have these sounds restored, it allows them to again experience the fullness and magnificence of the world around them.
5. Getting used to my new hearing aid took some getting accustomed to.
You likely weren’t at first comfortable with your first pair of shoes when you were a toddler. But now, of course, you’re totally comfortable with them. 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 feels out of place, such as a hearing aid going into your outer ear. But pretty soon, the body realizes there’s no threat and welcomes the device as an extension of the body.
6. I wish I would have invested in 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 normally regret waiting so long and they would never trade the advantages of healthy hearing.
Among those now wearing them who had trouble initially, say they’re so thankful they persevered. It’s made their life so much more enriched.
Pay attention to improved hearing
Be patient and don’t quit, 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.
Whatever you’re experiencing with your hearing aid today, consult us about it. We can help you fine-tune your hearing aids in a faster and more effective way. Experiencing all that life has to offer with restored hearing is worth the adjustment.