What Are The Common Problems Hearing Aid Wearers Face?

a man being fitted for hearing aids

If you are a member of the 15-20% of the population that experiences hearing loss, hearing aids are likely to be the most effective tools at your disposal in the bid to manage the situation. However, a lot of users fail to experience the full benefits of hearing aids. And those problems can be attributed to a host of issues.

Here are some of the most typical troubles that are faced by hearing aid wearers and what an audiologist can do to help you through the troubles.

The hearing aids do not work as expected

Hearing aids won't necessarily give you perfect hearing, but they should have a hugely significant impact on your life. However, it's not uncommon for individuals to be left a little disappointed by the level of improvement they experience. 

In some cases, it's due to setting the bar of expectation too high. Often, though, it's due to simple issues regarding calibration. Everyone has an individual hearing profile. So, if your hearing aids aren't tailored to your specific needs, it will lead to a limited experience.

Issues with calibration are one of the chief reasons for visiting an audiologist rather than buying hearing aids off the shelf. They can check the calibration during your fittings appointment and make any adjustments to reflect changes to your hearing profile.

The hearing aids aren't practical for their lifestyles

The performance in relation to your type and severity of hearing loss provides a solid foundation for the perfect hearing aids. Nonetheless, there are a variety of other questions that must be asked. Perhaps the most telling question relates to the style of hearing aids.

There are several options at your disposal. The three main types of hearing aids are behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC) hearing aids. They can be broken into subcategories, though, which is why you've probably seen other options during your research.

Some hearing aids are better suited to mild and moderate hearing loss, while others focus on severe and profound. It should be noted that your job and lifestyle can have an impact due to the contrasting parts found in different device types. Also, some users need an inconspicuous solution.

The hearing aids feel uncomfortable

If you require the support of hearing aids, it's important to remember that you will wear them for several hours at a time daily. Therefore, it's imperative that you find a comfortable fit. Otherwise, you will feel the constant disruption that ill-fitting hearing aids bring. Not least tinnitus.

Hearing aids are made from several pieces. The earmold should be customized to your ear while any amplification, tubing and battery casing elements must suit the size of your ear. The weight of the hearing aid is vital too, particularly if you only wear a single hearing aid.

It may always take a few days to get used to having hearing aids on your ears. When you get it right, they should feel even more natural than wearing headphones. Even the smallest alterations can have a big impact, which is why an audiologist is always your best option.

The hearing aids don't do everything the user wanted

To state that hearing aids should restore some of your lost hearing is a little simplistic. The functions of the devices are meant to enhance your life in a variety of ways. If you want to avoid any potential disappointment, it's vital that you learn to focus on the key attributes that matter most to you.

Your priorities can focus on following conversations, hearing background noises, hearing the television, restoring your ability to complete your work without disruption or your safety. You deserve to experience upgrades in all aspects, but it's important to know which ones are non-negotiable.

Hearing aids are life-changing devices, but they can't do everything. Thankfully, accessories and HATS products and Smart technologies can all enhance the experiences. An audiologist will help you find the best hearing aids and teach you about the additional items currently available too.

The concept of wearing hearing aids overwhelms them

Hearing aids will change your life for the better. However, the sudden change from hearing nothing to suddenly hearing background bird noises or conversations can be a little startling. Many hearing aids users will subsequently stop wearing them altogether.

Creating a smoother transition is the most effective way to overcome this issue. Try wearing them for an hour per day before slowly increasing the duration until you feel ready to wear them for a full day. Alternatively, you could wear them at home during the acclimatization period before taking them outside.

Either way, getting the right hearing aids is the first step to success. Take control of your situation today by calling Desert Hearing Care at 480-985-2544 to book an appointment.