Two women talking about what hearing aids are really like while having coffee at a table.

Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are truly like? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, 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 really want to understand, come see us for a demo.

1. Occasionally You Get Feedback

No, not the kind you might receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.

We’ve all heard this kind of feedback right before someone starts talking into a microphone.

Although this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.

Feedback can be removed, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.

2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

If you suffer from neglected hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. Conversations are nearly impossible to keep up with. Most of the night, you may end up just nodding and smiling.

But today’s 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 letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. Thankfully, it’s only wax and it’s not a problem 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. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You might be surprised by this one. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will gradually affect cognitive function as it progresses.

One of the first things to go is the ability to understand what people are saying. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become a big challenge.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can decrease and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. In fact, 80% of individuals had improved mental 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 managing those little button batteries. And they seem to run out of juice 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 details of a story.

But most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily solved. You can significantly extend 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 buy a pair 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 chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to adapt to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.

It progressively gets better as you continue to wear your hearing aids. 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 usually will say it’s all worth it.

Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. If you want to find out, call us.

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References

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html

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