Hearing Aid Reality
Realistic Expectations for your Hearing Aid
- Generally, two hearing aids are better than one. It can mean the difference between just hearing versus hearing and understanding.
- Your hearing aids should let you listen with less effort.
- It will take time to get used to your hearing aids. Be patient.
- Your hearing aids will not restore your hearing capabilities to the way they were before you developed a hearing loss.
- Not everyone will get the same benefit from hearing aids. The amount of improvement is determined by the nature of the hearing loss.
- Hearing aids do not eliminate background noise.
- In quiet environments, your hearing should get better.
- Your hearing with moderate background noise should improve.
- Your hearing with background noise is not going to be as good as your hearing is in a quiet environment.
- You should be able to hear when people speak softly.
- You should feel comfortable when others speak normally.
- Loud speech should sound loud, but not uncomfortable.
- You may begin hearing soft sounds that you couldn't hear before. Examples include footsteps, whispers, crickets, etc.
- Your eharing aids/earmolds should not hurt.
- You shouldn't hear feedback when your hearing aids rest in the correct position in your ears.
- Your voice should be different, but acceptable to you.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your hearing aids, please contact your audiologist for help.