I went to a health fair at the York Senior Center yesterday. It was a great event with a variety of health screenings and lots of vendor tables (kudos to Minnie and the other organizers!). I heard hearing aid stories from quite a few people who stopped by my table. The bad news is that most of the stories were about the hearing aid problems of relatives or friends. “He hears too much noise.” “Her hearing aids squeal.” “His hearing aids are not comfortable.”All of these problems can be fixed by a competent audiologist. All of them.
These folks had a bad experience, and people who have a bad experience are much more likely to tell others about a bad experience than a good one. So people who may be great candidates for hearing aid use have another reason to delay the very action that could radically change their lives for the better. And all this comes from having the worst hearing aid style. You have the behind-the-ear style, the in-the-ear style, even the completely-in-the-canal style, but the worst hearing aid style of all is the in-the-drawer style.