Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they actually feel about using one? If you really want to know what hearing aids are like, you need to come in for a demo, but for now, keep reading for a description of what you can expect.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback
This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when someone tells you how they feel about your performance. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other resulting in a high-pitched screeching sound. It creates a sound loop that even advanced speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know what to do with.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback just before someone starts speaking into a microphone.
While this may sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly tuned. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
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. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking capability for background sound. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. Sometimes it Gets a Bit Sticky
Your body has a way of telling you when something shouldn’t be there. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
They produce extra wax.
So it’s no surprise that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage wax buildup. It’s just wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We can help you learn how.)
Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin enjoying your hearing again.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one might surprise you. When someone has hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect brain function if they don’t get it treated quickly.
Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things you lose. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become a big challenge.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by wearing hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. Research shows that they can decrease cognitive decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of people had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Those little button batteries can be a bit 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 most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily solved. You can significantly increase battery life by implementing the correct strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can choose a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. When you go to bed, simply place them on the charging unit. In the morning, just put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are camping or hiking.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
The technology of modern-day hearing aids is rather sophisticated. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will definitely take some time.
It steadily improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anyone who’s been wearing a set of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
This is what it’s actually like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?