Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to use hearing aids”? 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 need to come in for a demo, but for now, continue reading for an outline of what you can expect.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your results. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.
They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal starts talking.
While this may sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.
Feedback can be removed, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
If you suffer from neglected hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the evening, you might end up just nodding and smiling.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking ability for background sound. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes
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 rinse it out. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
They make extra wax.
So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage wax buildup. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one may surprise you. When somebody develops hearing loss, it very slowly starts to impact brain function if they don’t have it treated quickly.
Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can slow down mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Those tiny button batteries can be somewhat challenging to manage. 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 particulars of a story.
But most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily resolved. You can substantially increase battery life by implementing the right methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can choose a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. When you go to bed, simply place them on the charger. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered chargers so they will be available to you even if you are camping or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is rather sophisticated. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.
It gradually gets better as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
People who have stayed the course and worn their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.
This is what it’s actually like to wear hearing aids. If you want to figure it out, give us a call.