Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked candid questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about using one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to know, come in for a demo.
1. Sometimes You Get Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your performance. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.
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 keeps happening.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Noisy Setting
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. You may wind up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking ability for background sound. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. At Times it Gets a Bit Sticky
When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. You will generate tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
As a result of this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be a problem for individuals who wear 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 start relishing your hearing again.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
This one might surprise you. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will gradually affect 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.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can slow down cognitive decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP showed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Those little button batteries can be somewhat difficult to manage. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly resolved. There are methods you can use to substantially increase battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can choose a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just place it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered charging docs so you can charge them even if you are camping or hiking.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
It steadily gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. During this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anybody who’s been using a set of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
This is what it’s really like to use hearing aids. If you want to figure it out, give us a call.