Coordinate Expectations from your Hearing Aids


I'm afraid there might be a gap between what you hope to get out of your hearing aids, and what you can get in reality. I want to coordinate your expectations from hearing aids.  Even when your hearing is perfect, you might have problems hearing on certain situations. For instance, in a loud environment, or if there is loud music, no one hears everything. On occasions as such, even if you got the perfect hearing, you might miss some of the words. Usually, you’ll fill the missing words using common sense, without even thinking about it.

Expectations

During the years, I met lots of hearing impaired patients that expect that a hearing aid will solve all of their issues with listening in a noisy environment. The thing is, that even our normal hearing can’t handle all the noises, and no hearing aid can be better than natural hearing.
Hearing aid is a marvelous instrument, but the task of separating human speak from the background of noise, will always be one of the toughest tasks. This becomes even more complicated if you want to hear a specific human voice with a background of other human voices...

Whenever you hear that a company reports of a “new hearing aid, that will enable you excellent hearing without noises”, what they usually mean is, that they made some technology progress that will enable you a bit better hearing on a noisy environment.
A remarkable hearing aid that clearly separates the voice you want to hear from all the other voices is far from being in the market... a human ear that can perfectly do it isn’t available as well...

One or Two hearing aids

There is another issue I want you to consider - one or two hearing aids.

You might assume you can use only one hearing aid, even if you have hearing loss on both ears. This is not necessarily a good idea. If you have hearing loss on both ears, it is better to have two hearing aids,.

Of course, if you can’t afford it, or there is some physical limitation, one is better than nothing. We got two ears for a reason. They work together to enable you some features that a single ear can’t. The main and most significant is locating the sound source in space (localization).


There is another good reason of starting with two devices. Usually, people tend to think that it would be easier for them to start with one device, getting use to it,  and then adding the second. It turns out, that it doesn’t work that way. Latest researches show that the whole process is shorter if you start with two devices right from the beginning. The adaptation is smoother compared to the option of starting with one device and then add the second.

Bottom line

 - Hearing aids will not solve all your hearing problems.

 - If you got hearing loss on both ears - get two hearing aids.




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