What to Expect When You’re Adjusting… to New Hearing Aids!

Treating Hearing Loss is a Process

It’s half the battle. Accepting the need to wear hearing aids can be a mental and physical struggle similar to your weekly Sudoku puzzle. While over 48 million Americans currently experience hearing loss, 80% of those individuals do not purchase a hearing device. (We expect they’re still out there, shouting over their TVs). Eargo is working to remove the stigma associated with hearing loss with the company’s comfortable, invisible hearing aids. Invisible hearing aids, like our teeny-tiny devices, allow clients to discreetly treat hearing loss, leaving their family and friends to be none the wiser. What happens in ear-Vegas, stays in ear-Vegas.

Adjusting to hearing aids through training

Working With a Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid Dispenser

EARGO telehealth supportAs discussed in our telehealth post, Eargo uses modern hearing healthcare to ensure our clients have access to our personal hearing guides for ongoing support, on their own schedule. Our team of hearing hearing professionals provide nearly round-the-clock basis (hey, we all need our beauty sleep from time to time).

What to Expect When Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

  • Be prepared for an adjustment period. Most hearing aid manufacturers have a warranty or trial period in case the hearing aid doesn’t jive well with its owner. Each purchase of an Eargo hearing aid comes with a 45-day, money back guarantee with each purchase to try the fully functional device risk free (dancing shoes not required).
  • Establish realistic expectations from today’s hearing aids. Sure, it would be nice to connect your devices to your smart fridge, but do you really need to hear your milk cry after a recent spill? What doesn’t drain your battery only makes your hearing aid that much stronger.
  • Your voice may sound different. Does your voice sound weird when a recorded version is played back to you? When wearing hearing aids for the first time, an individual’s voice will likely sound strange to themselves – like being in a barrel. (Woah, is this what I really sound like?) This normal early perception is often called the occlusion effect, which occurs when an object such as an unvented earmold fills the outer portion of the ear canal.[1]
  • The fit may feel uncomfortable. Individuals sometimes experience irritation for up to a week when first wearing hearing aids. Want to skip the soreness? Eargo’s comfortable hearing aids, along with the help of our patented Flexi Fibers, made from medical-grade silicone, help make device-related earaches a thing of the past.
  • Know that repairs are inevitable. Modern hearing aids are like technological devices and may need to be repaired more or less frequently depending on the type and frequency of usage. Hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated technological devices being inserted in the ear canal that may need to be repaired more often based on the frequency and type of use. Think of the moisture and earwax in the canal as a trojan horse waiting to attack. The battle is yours to win, and our support staff and hearing health professionals are ready to go to combat to rescue your hearing aids from the top of the castle.

Our insanely comfortable, invisible hearing aids can help treat hearing loss comfortably and discreetly. Call our team of hearing health professionals at 1-800-734-7603 with any questions about our modern devices. We’re all ears!

Sources

[1] http://www.hearingresearch.org/ross/hearing_loss/the_occlusion_effect.php 
[2] Schwartz, Carolyn E., et al. “The clinical significance of adaptation to changing health: a meta-analysis of response shift.” Quality of life research 15.9 (2006): 1533-1550. World Health Organization. (2004) International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems ICI-10, Tenth Edition. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

 

Author

Intro: With over 12 years experience as an audiologist, Dr. Amuzu has worked both in stand-alone private practices, hospital clinics and as the Program manager for the District of Columbia government’s Hearing and Vision program.

2 Comments

    • Jennifer D. Reply

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