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 using one? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demonstration, but for now, continue reading for a summary of what you can expect.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your performance. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound 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 might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal starts talking.
While this might sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Feedback can be removed, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have untreated hearing loss. Conversations are almost impossible to follow. You may end up sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking ability for background sound. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times
When something is not right, your body has a way of responding to it. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to wash it out. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.
They produce extra wax.
Because of this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for individuals who wear hearing aids. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
You may be surprised by this one. When a person develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect brain function if they don’t get it treated quickly.
Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things you lose. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become a big challenge.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. Studies show that they can decrease cognitive decline and even reverse it. As a matter of 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 individuals simply hate managing those tiny button batteries. 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 alleviate much of this perceived battery hassle. You can greatly increase battery life by employing the correct strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, today you can buy hearing aids that are rechargeable. When you go to bed, simply place them on the charger. 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 Have a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as difficult as learning to operate a new computer. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.
The longer and more consistently you use hearing aids the better it gets. 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 wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?