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Realistic Expectations During the Trial Period
Follow the instructions you are given during the initial stages of adjustment. These are designed to help in formulating realistic expectations of what to expect from your hearing aids.
Be patient with yourself. Many people experience peaks and valleys during this trial period.
Make sure you're comfortable with the advice you've been given. Ask questions. Remember, your provider is your advocate. Satisfied hearing aid wearers are not shy when it comes to telling others about their success, but unfortunately, neither are the ones who are dissatisfied. No two people are alike, and it's not a good idea to assume that if someone has had a bad experience, that all hearing aids are bad. You could very well be one of the overwhelming majority who have a good experience!
There are many reasons why someone may not have been successful, so don't project these conditions and situations onto yourself. Also, do not expect someone else's hearing aids to work for you. Would you wear someone else's eyeglasses and decide whether you can be helped by glasses based on this experience?
Be realistic. Hearing aids will not permit you to hear the flapping of hummingbirds' wings near a jet engine. Remember that it takes time to get used to hearing aids, especially if you're a new wearer. Keep in mind that background noise is almost always part of your environment and adjustment to it is required. In time, you will tune out many of these everyday sounds.
It's important not to become disappointed or frustrated while your brain begins to adjust to a whole new world of sound. If you're an experienced wearer trying new aids, understand that they might not sound like your old ones. Before you reject them, allow neural hook-ups in the auditory system to adapt to these new sounds. You might find that you like this new sound better than the old one.
Hearing aids are designed to aid the person's hearing that they still have intact. It is crucial to have realistic expectations as to what hearing aids can and cannot accomplish. Hearing aids cannot restore hearing nor can they cure your hearing problem. They can, however, help you get the most out of what you have remaining and are extremely successful at restoring a person's communication ability.