Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to use hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you have one on, 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 truly want to know, come see us for a demo.
1. At Times You Get Feedback
No, not the kind you might 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 sound loops created.
They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.
While this might sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly maintained. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. It’s almost impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the evening, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.
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. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times
Your body has a way of telling you when something shouldn’t be there. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. You will produce tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids often get to manage the buildup of earwax. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll teach you how.)
Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
You may be surprised by this one. When someone develops hearing loss, it very slowly starts to affect cognitive function if they don’t have it treated quickly.
Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. In fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced
Many individuals simply hate dealing with those tiny button batteries. And they seem to die at the worst times, like when you’re about to hear “whodunnit” in a mystery movie, or just as your friend is telling you the juicy particulars of a story.
But straight forward solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery trouble. You can greatly increase battery life by using the proper methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can choose a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just dock it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.
6. You Will Have a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. 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 your hearing aids during this transition.
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. If you want to figure it out, call us.