Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? What would your best friend say if you asked candid questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about wearing one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you really want to know, come in for a demonstration.
1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone tells you how they feel about your results. When a microphone and a speaker detect each other’s signal, they interfere with each other resulting in a high-pitched screeching sound. 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.
Though this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You may 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 suppression system.
2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner by yourself if you have untreated hearing loss. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may end up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking capability for background sound. They bring the voices of your family and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. Sometimes it Gets a Little Sticky
When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
They produce extra wax.
So it’s no surprise that individuals who wear hearing aids often get to deal with the buildup of earwax. 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. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
This one may surprise you. When somebody develops hearing loss, it very gradually begins to affect cognitive function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things to go is the ability to understand what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a difficulty.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids sooner than later. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse mental decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Many people simply hate managing those tiny button batteries. And they seem to die at the worst times, like when you’re about to find out “whodunnit” in a mystery movie, or just as your friend is telling you the juicy details of a story.
But most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily resolved. There are methods you can use to significantly increase battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, currently you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, simply put them back on. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered charging docs so you can charge them even if you are hiking or camping.
6. You Will Have a Learning Curve
Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to adapt to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids throughout this transition.
Individuals who have stayed the course and worn 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. If you want to find out, contact us.