Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about wearing one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to know, come see us for a demo.
1. At Times You Get Feedback
No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker detect each other’s signal, they interfere with each other creating a high-pitched whistling sound. It produces a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.
Although this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re encountering it, the earmold might not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have untreated hearing loss. Conversations are virtually impossible to keep up with. You might end up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But hearing aids today have some really sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. Sometimes it Gets a Little Sticky
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
So it’s no surprise that those who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. Thankfully, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal 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. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
This one may surprise you. When a person has hearing loss, it very slowly starts to impact brain function if they don’t get it treated quickly.
One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps stop this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of people had improved mental function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced
Many people simply hate managing 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 alleviate much of this perceived battery trouble. You can significantly increase battery life by implementing the correct strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, today you can buy hearing aids that are rechargeable. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, just put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered chargers so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s not as difficult 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. During this adjustment period, 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 usually will say it’s all worth it.
This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?