This is something I have run into with all three of the hearing aids I have bought. I get them and my family and friends immediately expect me to hear EVERYTHING! They didn’t seem to understand that I didn’t have the ability to naturally tune out certain noises to concentrate on who was speaking, my hearing aids turned everything up and I had to sort it out mentally. Which was not an easy thing to do, especially with the first two sets. Now the Widex Sensos made this easier to do, although I don’t think they lived up to what my Audi told me they would do at the time. However I still remember the looks of disappointment on their faces, when I asked them to repeat themselves.
The reason I bring this up is because my Dad and I were talking about Bluetooth options for the TV. That way they wouldn’t have to turn it up so loud when I came over to watch a movie. Although without captioning nine times out of ten I still couldn’t understand what was going on. I just didn’t have the heart to tell them that. Anyway I was mentioning that with Bluetooth I would be able to listen to the show/movie and they could have the TV at normal volume. That’s when my Dad said, “yeah but you won’t need that because you’ll be able to heat great with the Epoqs.” I said, “Well Dad, you do realize that it’s going to take some time for me to properly adjust to where I can hear the best I can with them.” Then he said,“of course but you’ll still hear alot better than you do now.” At that point I just agreed with him, because I realized he didn’t understand what I was trying to say.
While I am excited beyond belief about my new Epoqs and I can’t wait until Friday when I am fitted, I still can’t help but worry that the expectations of family and friends will be unrealistic. Now I will admit that I did unwittingly contribute to this by talking about all the features of the Epoq, but still I worry about it. I guess it’s just something normal hearing people will never understand to the extent you hope they will. They see it as, “You have hearing aids now, why are you still asking me to repeat myself?”
Now maybe I am worrying too much but it has essentially been over two years since I have had hearing aids in both ears, and it will be a huge adjustment. I also read recently about the longer you go without Hearing Aids, the harder it is for your brain to recognize input from your ears. At least i think that is what it said, I can’t seem to find it now. I might have a tougher time adjusting because of this than I am hoping for.
What do you guys think? Am I worrying too much or is this something to be concerned about?