Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what does it 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 really want to know, come in for a demonstration.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback
No, not the type you may get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.
While this might sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. If you’re encountering it, the earmold might not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant
If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may end up 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 clarity.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. If you eat something too spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. You will produce tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
As a result of this, earwax buildup can occasionally be a problem for people who use hearing aids. It’s only wax, fortunately, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)
Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin enjoying your hearing again.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one might surprise you. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually affect cognitive function as it progresses.
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.
Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, one study conducted by AARP revealed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Those little button batteries can be a little difficult to manage. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery trouble. There are strategies you can use to substantially increase battery life. 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 nowadays. At night, just dock them on the charging unit. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered chargers so you can charge them even if you are camping or hiking.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take a little time.
It progressively improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids during this transition.
Individuals who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.
Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. If you want to figure it out, give us a call.