Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are truly 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? If you really want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demonstration, but for now, continue reading for a summary of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Have Feedback
No, not the kind you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.
They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal speaks.
Although this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting
If you have untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the evening, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.
But hearing aids nowadays have some really sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. At Times it Gets a Bit Sticky
Your body has a way of telling you when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something too spicy. 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.
They produce extra wax.
So it’s not surprising that individuals who wear hearing aids often get to manage the buildup of earwax. It’s just wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll teach you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
This one might surprise you. When somebody has hearing loss, it very gradually starts to impact brain function if they don’t get it treated quickly.
One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become a challenge.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. They can decrease and even reverse mental decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had improved cognitive function, according to a study carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Those little button batteries can be somewhat difficult to deal with. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly solved. You can substantially increase battery life by using the right methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, nowadays you can buy rechargeable hearing aids. At night, just place them on the charging unit. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered charging docs so you can charge them even if you are hiking or camping.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s much easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.
The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anybody who’s been using a pair of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. If you want to find out, contact us.