Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? 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? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demo, but for now, continue reading for an explanation of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback
No, not the kind you might get on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.
Though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
Eating dinner out with the family can seem like eating dinner by yourself if you have untreated hearing loss. Conversations are virtually impossible to keep up with. Most of the night, you might end up just nodding and smiling.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clarity.
3. At Times it Gets a Bit Sticky
When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something too spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.
So it’s no surprise that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one might surprise you. When someone develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to impact brain function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things you lose is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by wearing hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. Research shows that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, 80% of people had increased brain function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Those little button batteries can be somewhat difficult to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But straight forward solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery trouble. You can greatly extend battery life by implementing the correct strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just put it on the charger at night. 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. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is rather advanced. It isn’t as difficult as learning to use a new computer. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.
It gradually improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. During this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anyone who’s been using 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. If you want to find out, give us a call.