The Hearing Aid Problem
Finding the appropriate hearing aid can be a daunting process. An appropriately selected hearing aid is critical for an individual with hearing loss. Recent studies have shown that approximately 60% of individuals who purchase hearing aids are not fit appropriately. This means that in many situations, the hearing device sold to the individual is not even loud enough to amplify sound at particular frequencies, so that person can perceive speech more clearly; or the device is not programmed properly for that person’s hearing loss. The end result is not a good one. Usually, it ends new hearing devices and no perceived benefit. Most people in this situation end up very frustrated and give up on using hearing aids.