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 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 see us for a demo.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback
This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your performance. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even advanced 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.
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.
Feedback can be removed, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. It’s almost impossible to follow the conversations. You might wind up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But hearing aids today have some pretty advanced technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. Sometimes it Gets a Bit Sticky
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 flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of removing a nuisance.
They generate extra wax.
As a result of this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be an issue for individuals who wear hearing aids. Fortunately, it’s only wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll teach you how.)
Then you’ll simply 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 somebody develops hearing loss, it very slowly begins to impact cognitive function if they don’t have it treated quickly.
Accurately understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.
Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. In fact, 80% of people had increased cognitive function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. You Have 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 alleviate much of this perceived battery hassle. You can substantially increase battery life by implementing the right strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just dock it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re fishing. camping, or hiking.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is rather advanced. It isn’t as hard as learning to use a new computer. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take a little time.
The longer and more regularly you use hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids throughout this transition.
Anyone who’s been wearing a set of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?