Hearing Aid Satisfaction
As a hearing loss patient, your hearing aid is obviously vital to your day to day life. So when you’re not satisfied with your hearing aid for whatever reason, it can be a source of great stress and unease. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, taking action is vital because there’s nothing wrong with having to persevere with a hearing aid that isn’t doing its job for you.
To help you get a better idea of the most common reasons why people feel dissatisfied with their hearing aids, we’re going to talk about them below. You’ll find all of the information you need and you’ll be able to take things from there. We’re also going to give you some tips on how to make better choices going forward when choosing a hearing aid.
Common reasons for hearing aid dissatisfaction
They’re uncomfortable to wear and use: When your hearing aid is uncomfortable to wear, it’s likely an issue with improper fitting. Luckily, having your hearing aids fit by an audiologist can help you avoid this issue entirely. They will take a precise measurement for devices worn in the ear or canal, ensuring you get a device that is custom-made for your specific ear anatomy.
Too much maintenance and too many repairs: Many people don’t realize they need to regularly clean and maintain their hearing aids. This process can be incredibly quick and easy if you perform a gentle wipe off each night after wearing your devices. You can also take your hearing aids to the audiologist to have them professionally cleaned twice a year, helping them to operate more optimally.
They’re not helping you hear better: What is a hearing aid meant to do? Surely, they’re meant to make you hear better when you’ve been experiencing hearing loss. If you do not have your hearing aids fit and evaluated by an audiologist, you won’t benefit from the specific programming and fine tuning they provide. This evaluation process ensures your hearing aid is specifically tailored to your needs. Your audiologist will also be able to help you during the selection process, ensuring you get the device that is most appropriate for your hearing loss. Devices can be worn behind the ear, in the ear and in the canal, depending on your level of hearing loss. Hearing loss is typically ranked on a scale from mild to profound.
Not discreet enough: If the hearing you wear feels obvious and not at all discreet, you might feel a little too self-conscious and that’s never good. Some people put off using hearing aids because of issues like this. But your hearing is far too important for you to stop using it just because it doesn’t feel discreet enough. However, there are very discreet options out there so don’t worry if you’re not happy with your current model. You simply need to work with your audiologist to find the best device for your aesthetic and hearing loss needs.
How to choose a better hearing aid
Understand your lifestyle needs: Everyone has different needs when it comes to their hearing aids. If you’re not sure what you need from your hearing aid, think about your lifestyle and your hearing needs. You can then talk with your audiologist about the needs and make sure that the hearing aids you use are capable of doing the job properly and completely. If your needs are not being met by your hearing aids, simply switch them and find one that’s better suited to you.
Get guidance from a professional: It’s always best to get help from a professional when you’re not sure where to turn. An audiologist will understand your hearing needs far better than anyone else, so finding the right solution will be easier when you work alongside them. Their guidance will make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to choosing a new hearing device to use going forward.
Don’t overlook size, comfort or positioning: The size, comfort and positioning of the hearing aid are all key. That’s why you should look at the options closely and try them out for size before you actually decide which one you’re going to use going forward. It’s in your best interests to make sure they tick all of the right boxes.
Make sure you use all of this advice when you’re choosing your next hearing aid so that you can be sure you’ll be satisfied with this one for a long time to come. If you need any help and assistance, don’t hesitate to visit Sonus and learn more. You can also call at (703) 823-3336.