Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? What would your best friend say if you asked candid 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 understand, come in for a demo.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other creating a high-pitched screeching sound. 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 may sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting
If you have untreated hearing loss, eating 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. You may wind 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. 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 too spicy. You will make tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
Due to this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for individuals who use hearing aids. Luckily, 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 in business.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
You may be surprised by this one. When someone develops hearing loss, it very slowly starts to affect cognitive function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become a big challenge.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by getting hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. In fact, 80% of people had increased cognitive function, according to research carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced
Many people simply hate managing those little button batteries. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily resolved. There are strategies you can use to greatly extend battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just place it on the charger at night. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to adapt to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
The longer and more routinely you use hearing aids the better it gets. During this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anyone who’s been using a set of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. If you want to figure it out, contact us.