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What To Expect For First Time Hearing Aid Users, Part One

If you are looking at the very top hearing aid brands on the market like ReSound, Phantom, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, and Widex, Factory Direct Hearing represents a wonderful combination of value and quality.

Value

First of all, we offer the best price on these hearing aids, or we will beat it! We also offer free shipping, and a 60 Day Money Back Guarantee. That’s the value piece, which is fairly significant. We frequently help folks save literally thousands when compared with the purchasing route that their audiologist recommended. When you have that guarantee, it helps you shop with confidence as well.

 

Quality

We have a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on all orders because from top to bottom at Factory Direct Hearing, we have a culture of excellence. That means carrying only the best hearing aids online (and in general, for that matter), in addition to providing our customers with any guidance that they would like. When you shop from Factory Direct Hearing, our support team wants nothing else other than to make sure your new hearing aids are programmed correctly, but we are also here to answer any questions you might have before or after your purchase.

That’s the way in which we blend value and quality, and that’s why we have such a strong track-record of turning first-time customers into lifelong clients!

What Is A Hearing Aid Like?

For first-time hearing aid users, the prospect of adorning your ears with these foreign contraptions can seem somewhat daunting. In today’s post, we’d like to take some time to talk about what the average experience is like, in addition to offering up some tips and tricks of the trade to help you better adjust to life with hearing aids. Keep reading if you are about to get some hearing aids for the first time, or even if someone you know is doing the same! You might be able to help guide them through the possibly-difficult changes.

The Human Ear Vs. Hearing Instruments

The human ear is an amazing, wondrous tool. The ear uses all of its parts, seen and unseen, to communicate the “sense-data” with your brain. The entire organ works together to filter and “equalize” the signal so that it sounds robust once it makes its way to our brain. This process, whereby the inner ear converts mechanical energy to electrical energy, involves the use of over 25,000 miniscule hair cells.

Hearing instruments, in contrast to the organic human ear, have two dozen channels by which they can equalize the reception of sorts. If you were to think of this transmission process in terms of a soundboard, hearing aids have some 25 sliders to make the signal seem more natural.  

This goes to magnify the sheer brilliance of the human ear. Given all of our technological might, we still can’t accurately duplicate what our ear can do for us. 

Although this isn’t the best news for folks in need of hearing aids, don’t lose heart. The past hundred years or so have seen groundbreaking work in the field of hearing instruments, if that helps offers any perspective. What’s more, the advancements of dedicated computer software, and the digitization of sound in general, has allowed researchers to develop new techniques. These techniques are utilized by healthcare professionals to better address problems unique to patients with loss of hearing.

Give It A Few Weeks

If you are a first-time hearing aid user who is about to don your aids for the inaugural time, allow us to offer up a word of advice; give yourself ten days to a few weeks as an adjustment period. It isn’t easy adapting to living with hearing aids, for a variety of reasons. For one, they might feel a bit unnatural. Give it time. Secondly, everything you hear might seem a bit “tinny”. Give this time. After a few weeks, most people are able to adapt to the extent that they no longer notice the tin quotient.

Start By Wearing Them For A Few Hours Per Day

As Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray repeated many a time in the classic, farcical comedy What About Bob?, some of the best advice we can provide is found in the mantra “baby steps”. You don’t need to go from never having worn hearing aids in your life to someone who wears them full-time.

In the same way that the bridge of your nose might need a bit of rest after having glasses rested upon them for the very first time, your ears (and brain) could probably use a break. We recommend incremental usage based on what your body is telling you. Ear specialists generally recommend that you build up to wear them during waking hours, and we wouldn’t disagree.

In our next post, we’ll take a look at a few more ways you can best acclimate to this newfound lifestyle. So keep an eye out for part two of “What To Expect For First Time Hearing Aid Users”!

In the meantime, you can browse our selection of top hearing aids today!