Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they actually feel about using one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to know, come see us for a demonstration.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback
No, not the type you may receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. It creates a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback just before somebody starts talking into a microphone.
While this may sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant
Eating dinner out with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are almost impossible to follow. You might find yourself sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.
3. At Times it Gets a Little Sticky
When something isn’t right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you generate tears to wash your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
They make extra wax.
So it’s not surprising that those who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage the buildup of earwax. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)
Then you’ll simply put that hearing aid back in and start enjoying your hearing again.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
This one may surprise you. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact brain function as it progresses.
One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a difficulty.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by using hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP showed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced
Those tiny button batteries can be a little challenging to manage. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But many of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily resolved. You can greatly extend 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, nowadays you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. Just put it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out fishing. camping, or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take some time.
It gradually gets better as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids during this transition.
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 learn for yourself?