If your hearing loss has progressed to the extent that you need hearing aids then you need to be realistic about what you can expect from them.
Digital hearing aids, regardless of brand or type of technology, can never replace normal hearing in all listening occasions.
However, although hearing aids do not restore your hearing to normal, they will improve it significantly.
It will be easier to hear what other people say and sounds you have not heard for a long time, such as birds singing or door bells ringing, may be audible.
Studies show that hearing aids generally improve the wearer’s quality of life and will help their social, psychological and physical sense of well-being. They will also make you feel less tired and more able to take part in social gatherings.
Expecting results that cannot be achieved will only lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. But if you know what to expect you’ll be free to enjoy the great benefits that hearing aids can bring.
However, it is important to remember that the improvement to be gained from wearing digital hearing aids is based upon the amount of hearing loss and the length of time this loss has been going on.
Usually, the more severe the hearing loss, the larger the hearing aid will be. There are some exceptions to this but normally a bigger loss will need a bigger amplifier.
Today’s digital hearing aids are smaller, lighter and neater than those of even just a few years ago. They are also more powerful and some are so discreet they are virtually invisible. Digital hearing aids vary in design, from those that sit behind the ear to those which are placed deep into the ear canal.
They use a tiny computer to process sound which means they can be customised to suit your hearing loss. Many can be programmed with different settings for different sound environments and reduce background noise. You can find out more about digital hearing aids here.