Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are really like? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what is the sound like, and what does it feel like in your ears are all questions you may want to ask someone who already has hearing aids? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to understand, come in for a demo.
1. At Times You Get Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone tells you how what they think about your performance. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. It creates a sound loop that even modern speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.
We’ve all heard this kind of feedback just before someone begins speaking into a microphone.
Even though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Feedback can be eliminated, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may find yourself sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. Sometimes it Gets a Bit Sticky
When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something too spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.
Due to this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for people who use hearing aids. It’s only wax, fortunately, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)
Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin relishing your hearing again.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
You may be surprised by this one. When a person develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect brain function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things to go is the ability to understand what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of people had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Many individuals simply hate dealing with those little button batteries. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to die, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But straight forward solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery hassle. You can substantially extend battery life by implementing the proper strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can buy a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. At night, just put them on the charging unit. In the morning, simply put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.
It steadily improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Individuals who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more typically will say it’s all worth it.
This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?