Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are really like? How does a hearing aid feel when you have one on, 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? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come in for a demonstration.
1. At Times You Get Feedback
No, not the kind you might get on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other resulting in a high-pitched screeching sound. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.
They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.
While this might sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant
If you have untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.
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 Bit Sticky at Times
When something isn’t right, your body has a way of responding to it. Your body will create saliva if you eat something too spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you generate tears to wash your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.
They produce extra wax.
As a result of this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be an issue for people who use hearing aids. It’s only wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We’ll teach you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one might surprise you. If somebody begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact brain function as it progresses.
Accurately understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, 80% of people had improved mental function, according to research carried out by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.
5. You Have to Replace The Batteries
Those tiny button batteries can be somewhat challenging to manage. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.
But simple solutions exist to alleviate much of this perceived battery hassle. There are methods 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, nowadays you can purchase hearing aids that are rechargeable. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, just 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. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is quite advanced. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.
The longer and more regularly you wear hearing aids the better it gets. During 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 typically will say it’s all worth it.
Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?