What Hearing Aids Are Actually Like

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

Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked candid questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they really 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 demo.

1. Occasionally You Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how what they think about your results. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound 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 the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal speaks.

While this might sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly tuned. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.

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

2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Noisy Setting

If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids nowadays have some pretty advanced technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clearness.

3. Sometimes it Gets a Bit Sticky

Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to rinse it out. You will produce tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears have their own way of removing a nuisance.

They produce extra wax.

As a result of this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be an issue for individuals who use hearing aids. Thankfully, it’s only wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)

Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and start enjoying your hearing again.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

This one might surprise you. When someone develops hearing loss, it very slowly starts to affect brain function if they don’t have it treated quickly.

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

This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by wearing hearing aids sooner than later. 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 a study conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced

Those tiny button batteries can be a little challenging to deal with. 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 details of a story.

But many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly resolved. You can substantially increase battery life by implementing the correct methods. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. At night, simply put them on the charging unit. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. There’s a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s much 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.

The longer and more routinely you use hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids during this transition.

Anyone who’s been wearing 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 use hearing aids. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?

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References

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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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