Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? 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 should come in for a demonstration, but for now, continue reading for a description of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback
No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It causes 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 just before the principal speaks.
Even though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Noisy Setting
Eating dinner out with the family can seem like eating dinner by yourself if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are virtually impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.
But hearing aids today have some pretty advanced technology that can cancel out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Bit Sticky Sometimes
When something is not right, your body has a way of responding to it. If you eat something too spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to rinse it out. You will make tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
As a result of this, earwax buildup can occasionally be an issue for individuals who wear hearing aids. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll teach you how.)
Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and start relishing your hearing again.
4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
This one might surprise you. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will slowly impact brain function as it progresses.
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 a big challenge.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of people had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Many people simply hate managing those little button batteries. And they seem to die at the worst times, like when you’re about to find out “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 hassle. You can greatly increase battery life by implementing the right methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, currently you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. 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 docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It isn’t as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will definitely take a little time.
The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids during this transition.
Anybody 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 find out for yourself?