Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are truly like? What would your best friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about wearing one? If you really want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demonstration, but for now, continue reading for an outline of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback
No, not the kind you might receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.
Even though 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. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting
If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s nearly impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may wind up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But hearing aids today have some really sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will create saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
They generate extra wax.
As a result of this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be an issue for people who wear hearing aids. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll teach you how.)
Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and start relishing your hearing again.
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.
Accurately understanding spoken language is one of the first things you lose. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. Studies show that they can slow down cognitive decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Those little button batteries can be a little difficult to deal with. And they seem to run out of juice at the worst times, like when you’re about to hear “whodunnit” in a mystery movie, or just as your friend is telling you the juicy details of a story.
But many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly solved. There are strategies you can use to substantially extend battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can buy a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. When you go to bed, just dock them on the charging unit. In the morning, just put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered charging docs so you can charge them even if you are camping or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.
It steadily improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids throughout this transition.
Individuals who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more typically will say it’s all worth it.
Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?