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

Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what does it 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? If you truly want to know what hearing aids are like, you need to come in for a demonstration, but for now, continue reading for an outline of what you can expect.

1. Occasionally You Get Feedback

No, not the kind you might receive on a work evaluation. “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 may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal starts talking.

Even though this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are correctly tuned, it’s rare. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this keeps happening.

Feedback can be eliminated, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant

If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the night, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.

But hearing aids nowadays have some pretty sophisticated technology that can drown out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the wait staff into crystal clarity.

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times

When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something too spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to wash it out. 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.

So it’s no surprise that those 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.)

Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and begin enjoying your hearing again.

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

This one may surprise you. When a person develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to impact cognitive function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.

Accurately understanding spoken language is one of the first things you lose. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a difficulty.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. In fact, one study conducted by AARP showed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. You Need to Replace The Batteries

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

But simple solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery trouble. You can substantially extend battery life by implementing the right strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, today you can buy rechargeable hearing aids. When you go to bed, just place them on the charging unit. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve

Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as difficult as learning to operate a new computer. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.

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

Anybody who’s been using a pair of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.

This is what it’s actually like to use hearing aids. If you want to find out, give us a call.

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References

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

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