New hearing aid wearers often wonder or ask their hearing professional, “Will I hear as well as my friend/relative hears with their hearing aids?” Don’t be surprised if you don’t get a simple “yes” or “no” answer back, because your benefits are dependent on several factors:
- The type and severity of your hearing loss.
- The level of hearing aid technology you’re wearing.
- The consistency of wear time as well as the different environments where you wear them.
- Your motivation to improve your communication skills while wearing hearing aids.
- Putting in the work it takes to set yourself up for success (see our other Tips and advice and our Getting started section).
Most importantly the benefit of amplification is unique to each person because everyone is looking for different benefits in their daily lives. For instance, if someone decided to purchase hearing aids to help them hear the TV better, they may not note the improved listening in background noise they’re experiencing because that was not on their wish list of things to improve.
What matters most is getting the benefits you were hoping for from your hearing aids. And that is why working with a hearing professional is important, because those specific hopes are never the same from person to person.