Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? What would your best 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? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you need to come in for a demo, but for now, continue reading for a description of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback
No, not the kind you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback right before someone begins talking into a microphone.
While this may sound mortifying, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. You may need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this keeps happening.
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
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner by yourself if you have untreated hearing loss. Conversations are nearly impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you may wind up just nodding and smiling.
But hearing aids today have some really sophisticated technology that can cancel out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. At Times it Gets a Bit Sticky
Your body has a way of telling you when something shouldn’t be there. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.
So it’s no surprise that individuals who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage 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 just put that hearing aid back in and begin relishing your hearing again.
4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain
You might be surprised by this one. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually impact brain function as it progresses.
Accurately understanding what people are saying is one of the first things you lose. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a difficulty.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by using hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function, according to a study carried out 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 tiny 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 particulars of a story.
But simple solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery hassle. You can significantly extend battery life by employing the correct methods. 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 when you go to bed. In the morning, just put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered chargers so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It isn’t as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will definitely take a little time.
It gradually gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids during this transition.
People who have stayed the course and worn their hearing aids for six months or more typically will say it’s all worth it.
This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?