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

Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to wear hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what is the sound like, and what does it feel like in your ears are all questions you may want to ask someone who already has hearing aids? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come see us for a demonstration.

1. At Times You Get Feedback

No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker detect each other’s signal, they interfere with each other resulting in a high-pitched screeching sound. It produces a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.

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

Although this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You may need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.

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

2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

Eating dinner out with the family can seem like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are virtually impossible to follow. Most of the evening, you might find yourself just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids today have some pretty sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.

3. At Times 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 produce more saliva to wash it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

They make extra wax.

As a result of this, earwax buildup can sometimes be a problem for people who wear hearing aids. It’s just wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)

Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.

4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain

You might be surprised by this one. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact cognitive function as it progresses.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to comprehend the spoken language. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had improved cognitive function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Those tiny button batteries can be a bit challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But straight forward solutions exist to alleviate much of this perceived battery trouble. There are strategies you can use to greatly increase battery life. 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 now. Just dock it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, simply put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve

Today, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.

It progressively gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

Individuals 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 learn 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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