Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are actually like? What would your best 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? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demo, but for now, keep reading for an explanation of what you can expect.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
No, not the type you might receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal starts talking.
Though 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.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s almost impossible to follow the conversations. You may find yourself sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes
Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. You will generate tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
They create extra wax.
As a result of this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be an issue for people who use hearing aids. It’s just wax, fortunately, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
You might be surprised by this one. When somebody has hearing loss, it very gradually starts to impact cognitive function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids sooner than later. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. In fact, 80% of people had improved brain function, according to research carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
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 most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be quickly resolved. You can substantially extend battery life by employing the right strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can choose a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. When you go to bed, simply dock them on the charger. 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 fishing. camping, or hiking.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It isn’t as hard as learning to use a new computer. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.
The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anyone 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 learn for yourself?