It’s not unusual for us to see a patient who is unhappy with their hearing aids. Better hearing is a financial investment as well as an investment of time on your part and the part of the Audiologist. If the right steps are followed, and communication challenges are clearly addressed, satisfaction will be maximized.
Better hearing is always the goal, so don’t give up. Schedule an appointment to see your provider and ask for help. Be specific about your concerns. The more information you share, the easier it is to find a solution. It may be a change in the way sound is delivered to your ear or a simple adjustment to the hearing aid. A procedure called real ear measurement is the best way to insure that you are hearing your best.
Designing a treatment plan for better hearing is based on a multitude of factors and we are all unique. Lifestyle, specific situations where we want to hear better, anatomical structure, hearing results, and dexterity are just a few examples of what an Audiologist takes into consideration.
If proper measures are not taken to obtain a thorough case history or steps are skipped while performing an evaluation, errors in decision making may result. Not listening to the patient, evaluating with equipment that has not been calibrated, the improper use of equipment or fitting the wrong solution are only a few examples of what can possibly go wrong.
Dissatisfaction can be the fault of the provider or the patient. Proper expectations should be established. Improving hearing is not like putting on a pair of glasses. Listening through hearing aids does require practice, repetition and patience. The more you wear your hearing aids, the easier it gets. Your brain needs time to acclimate to all of the new sounds. Adding accessories and listening strategies may also part of the solution. Your Audiologist should design a program that meets your specific hearing needs. It makes achieving your goals easier.
If you find no resolve, seek a second opinion. After all, these are your ears we are talking about. We want to assure that you to get the most out of your investment in better hearing.