Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are actually like? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what does it 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 know, come see us for a demo.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback
No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.
Even though this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly 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 Follow in a Noisy Setting
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are virtually impossible to follow. You may end up sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking ability for background sound. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something too spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.
So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with wax buildup. It’s only wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
You might be surprised by this one. If somebody begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact brain function as it progresses.
Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. In fact, one study reported by AARP showed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Those little button batteries can be a bit challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But straight forward solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery hassle. You can significantly increase battery life by employing the correct strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can purchase a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. When you go to bed, simply place them on the charging unit. In the morning, simply put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are camping or hiking.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s much easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take a little time.
It steadily gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids during this transition.
Individuals who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.
Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?