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What is it Really Like Using Hearing Aids?

Two women talking about what hearing aids are really like while having coffee at a table.

Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually 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? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to understand, come see us for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Have Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how what they think about your performance. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched 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 might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.

Although 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.

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

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 virtually impossible to follow the conversations. You might end up sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.

But hearing aids nowadays have some really advanced technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clearness.

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times

When something is not right, your body has a way of responding to it. Your body will make saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.

Earwax production.

So it’s no surprise that individuals who wear hearing aids often get to manage the buildup of earwax. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (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. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will gradually impact cognitive function as it progresses.

Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become a difficulty.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. Studies show that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of individuals had increased mental function, according to a study carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to treat their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced

Those little button batteries can be somewhat challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But most of the perceived difficulties 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 choose a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just place it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It isn’t as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.

It gradually improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. During this adjustment time, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.

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 using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?



References

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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