Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are really like? How does a hearing aid feel when you have one on, 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 understand, come in for a demo.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Have Feedback
No, not the kind you may get on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker pick up 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 how to handle.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback just before someone starts speaking into a microphone.
Although this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re encountering it, the earmold might not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Feedback can be eliminated, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting
Going to a restaurant with the family can seem like eating dinner by yourself if you have neglected hearing loss. Conversations are nearly impossible to keep up with. Most of the evening, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.
But modern 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 Bit Sticky
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something too spicy. You will make tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears have their own way of removing a nuisance.
So it’s not surprising that those who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage the buildup of earwax. It’s just wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll teach you how.)
Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
You may be surprised by this one. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually affect cognitive function as it progresses.
One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. In fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of individuals had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Many people simply hate dealing with those tiny button batteries. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to lose power, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But simple solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery trouble. You can significantly extend battery life by using the right strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can choose a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. At night, just dock them on the charging unit. In the morning, just 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 Have a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. 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 get used to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
The longer and more regularly you use hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anybody who’s been wearing a pair of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s 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?