Florida Hearing Matters - Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Most individuals are pleased with their hearing aids: Based upon one recent survey, when speaking one-on-one, 91% of individuals who wear hearing aids are satisfied with their results. 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 wonderfully positive numbers for a complex device such as a hearing aid. But that still leaves us questioning, what’s happening with the other 25%, 15%, and 9%. Why aren’t they as happy with their devices?

Individuals with hearing aids have some good and some bad things to convey about them. (We can easily fix the majority of the bad stuff and that’s the good news!)

For people 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

There’s frequently 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 participate and stay more active.

They find their days filled with less discouragement over their inability to hear. They feel less fatigued because they don’t have to work so hard to understand what others are saying.

For many individuals, 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

Modern hearing aids are digital. They don’t just make sounds louder, they have many settings to help you hear better in a variety of places. Because of this, some individuals might be dissatisfied when they’re in a loud setting like a restaurant or talking on the phone but quite pleased when in a one-on-one conversation.

Hearing aids aren’t hard to learn to use. But they do take a little practice getting used to them.

3. I couldn’t learn how to use my hearing aid by myself

A typical confusion about hearing aids is that it’s a one-size-fits-all solution. If it doesn’t sound good when they first get home they might think that this is as good as it gets and choose not to use the hearing aid.

Hearing is more complex than you might realize. Modern Hearing aids incorporate settings that address many levels and types of hearing loss.

Our expert hearing specialists will undertake a hearing aid fitting in the office. It’s strongly suggested that you practice using your hearing aid by talking with a friend at first.

Talk with us if you’re still having difficulty 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

Do you recall what a playful whisper sounds like? What about gentle laughter? How about the wind, wind chimes, birds singing, or quiet music? Maybe you’ve forgotten how it makes you feel to hear the gentle breath of a significant other sitting close beside you or youngsters playing outside.

Many individuals who get a hearing aid communicate that it’s a nice surprise to suddenly hear these small things that they had forgotten about. Having these sounds restored means the whole magnificence of the world around can once again be experienced by people who get hearing aids.

5. It took some time to get used to my hearing aids

When you were a toddler and had to put on shoes for the first time, you most likely thought that was uncomfortable. Now you might like to use them all the time. Similarly, a new watch or a new hat might take a bit of time to get used to.

When something like a hearing aid is first placed in your ear canal, your body is made to initially feel uncomfortable. But within a short time, the body realizes there’s no threat and welcomes the device as an extension of the body.

6. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to get my hearing aid

People who made the effort to get used to their hearing aids wouldn’t go back. They wouldn’t trade all the advantages of hearing, and they frequently regret putting off for so long to invest in a hearing aid.

People now wearing them who had trouble at first, say they’re so happy they stuck with it. It’s made their life 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. It’s worth the effort and time. Soon, using the hearing aid will become second nature.

Whatever you’re experiencing with your hearing aid today, consult us about it. We can typically give you advice on how to get used to your hearing aids faster. The patience is worth it when you get the opportunity to experience all that life has to offer.

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