Have you been diagnosed with hearing loss? If you have, your hearing healthcare professional may have prescribed you hearing aids. Treating a hearing loss with hearing aids can have many benefits. Despite this, estimates from the International Journal of Audiology show that up to 80% of adults between the ages of 55 – 74 could benefit from hearing aids, but do not use them!
If we have difficulty with our vision, we seek corrective treatment (most commonly glasses). But when it comes to hearing loss and hearing aids, we have a variety of reasons for not wearing them. These can include social stigma, embarrassment, difficulty handling the devices or discomfort.
Hearing aids are an investment. If you’ve purchased hearing aids but are now unhappy with the devices, you may be frustrated. At Anderson Audiology, we want to encourage you to experience better hearing. That includes getting satisfaction out of your hearing aids. We’re taking a closer look at hearing aid complaints and what you can do to help.
4 Common Hearing Aid Complaints
- My hearing aids are uncomfortable – When fit correctly, your hearing aids should sit comfortably on (or in) your ear. Just like anything, they can take some time to get used to. Give yourself a week or so to get used to the fit of your device. If after this you find your hearing aids are still uncomfortable, the fit may need adjusting. If you’ve had your hearing aids for a while and are only recently experiencing discomfort, changes in your ear may require a re-fit. Book an appointment with your hearing healthcare professional to check and adjust the fit of the device, where necessary.
- My hearing aids haven’t restored my hearing – Unfortunately, no hearing aid will ever restore your hearing 100%. Hearing loss can damage the tiny, delicate hair cells in your cochlea known as the cilia. These hair cells will not re-grow, meaning full restoration of your hearing isn’t possible. Treating a hearing loss with hearing aids, however, can significantly improve your quality of life, relationships and communication.
- I’m embarrassed to wear them – Embarrassment is, sadly, one reason people choose not to wear their hearing aids. If you’re worried about what people will think – just remember how much hearing aids improve your life! Social interactions, lunch with friends, days out with the family. These are all memories worth making! Don’t let a hearing loss or embarrassment of your hearing aids stop you from living your life to its fullest.
- I don’t know how to work my hearing aids – Just like any new device, it can take a little bit of time to get to know how to work it. When your hearing healthcare professional is fitting your hearing devices, pay close attention. Ask them questions throughout the process. Make sure that you understand how to adjust the volume where needed. If you find yourself stuck, check out the manufacturer’s website. Many will have FAQ sections for hearing aids. You might be surprised how many other people had the same questions you did!
Have Questions? Need Help? Contact Us Today!
Treating a hearing loss has shown to reduce your risks of accidents, improve quality of life, and actually help to protect your brain. It’s important that you are able to make the most out of your hearing aids. If you are unsatisfied with your hearing devices and would like to check the fit and suitability for you, please contact us today. Book an appointment with the healthcare professionals at Anderson Audiology by calling us on 702-997-2964. Alternatively, click here to request an appointment online.