Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to wear hearing aids”? 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? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you need to come in for a demo, but for now, keep reading for a description of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how what they think about your performance. When a microphone and a speaker detect each other’s signal, they interfere with each other creating a high-pitched whistling sound. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback right before somebody starts speaking into a microphone.
While this may sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly maintained. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback cancellation 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, eating dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s virtually impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the evening, you may wind up just nodding and smiling.
But hearing aids today have some really sophisticated technology that can cancel out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
They produce extra wax.
Because of this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be a problem for individuals who use hearing aids. Fortunately, it’s just wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
You might be surprised by this one. If someone starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually affect brain function as it progresses.
Accurately understanding spoken language is one of the first things you lose. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by wearing hearing aids sooner than later. They re-train your brain. Studies show that they can slow down mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, 80% of people had increased cognitive function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Many individuals simply hate dealing with those tiny button batteries. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery trouble. There are methods you can use to significantly increase battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, today you can purchase hearing aids that are rechargeable. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. 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 Have a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite advanced. 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 wear hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
People who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more typically 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 find out for yourself?