While hearing aids are expertly designed electronic devices, that does not make them impervious to scrutiny. This is especially true when someone is wearing hearing aids for the first time, as they do take some getting used to.
According to audiologists, below are the top problems their patients report in regard to their hearing aids.
Their Hearing Aids Make Them Look Old
Since hearing loss is often seen in older generations, many associate hearing aids with old age. But modern hearing aids look nothing like the outdated and antiquated models worn by your grandparents. New hearing aids are small and sleek; some hearing aids are even so small you can’t even see them.
In addition to hearing aids being created with design in mind, nothing makes you look older than having to ask others to repeat themselves or mishearing a question and answering incorrectly. So, not wearing your hearing aids because you think they makes you look old in fact has the opposite effect.
Their Hearing Aids Make Sounds Seem Strange
Rather than restoring your hearing to what it once was, hearing aids amplify sounds to a level you can hear. This makes noises and speech sound different than you may remember them. According to Deborah Berndtson, associate director of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Audiology Professional Practices, the longer you wait before seeking treatment “the more difficult it is to adjust to the amplification, because you’re used to living in a quieter world.” This is especially true if you are at the Pacific Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival, when the amplified background noise may be jarring.
If the sounds you are hearing don’t seem clear, your hearing aids may need to be cleaned. Dirt, debris and earwax can clog your device and may even damage internal components if not properly cared for.
Their Hearing Aids Are Making a Whistling Noise
Hearing a high-pitched sound is called feedback and occurs when the sounds coming out of the hearing aids is blocked; this is often the result of a buildup of earwax or an improper fit.
This problem can be easily fixed and requires a quick visit to your audiologist’s office.
Their Hearing Aids Are Uncomfortable
Wearing a hearing aid for the first time can take some getting used. Your audiologist will advise you to start small, wearing your new hearing aids for a few hours a day and slowly increasing the time in your ears until you are wearing them full-time. If you still find the devices uncomfortable, your hearing aids may need to be refit.
To learn more about hearing aid fittings or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, contact Valley Audiology today.