Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are really like? What would your good friend say if you asked candid 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 should come in for a demo, but for now, keep reading for an outline of what you can expect.
1. Sometimes You Get Feedback
No, not the kind you might get 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 sound loops created.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback just before somebody begins speaking into a microphone.
While this might sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly maintained. If you’re encountering it, the earmold may not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Feedback can be removed, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Noisy Setting
Eating dinner out with the family can feel like eating dinner by yourself if you have neglected hearing loss. It’s almost impossible to follow the conversations. You may wind up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking ability for background sound. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Bit Sticky Sometimes
Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.
Due to this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for individuals who wear hearing aids. Fortunately, it’s just wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
You might be surprised by this one. When somebody has hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect cognitive function if they don’t get it treated quickly.
Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things to go. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using 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 conducted by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.
5. You Have to Replace The Batteries
Many people simply hate dealing with those little button batteries. 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 details of a story.
But many of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be quickly solved. There are methods you can use to greatly 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. You can even get some hearing aids with solar-powered chargers so they will be available to you even if you are hiking or camping.
6. There’s a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to adjust to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
The longer and more consistently you use hearing aids the better it gets. During this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
Anyone who’s been using a pair of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
Only actually wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?