What is it Really Like Using Hearing Aids?

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

1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Have Feedback

This isn’t the type of feedback that you get when somebody 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. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.

We’ve all heard this kind of feedback just before somebody starts talking into a microphone.

While this might sound mortifying, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly maintained. 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 cancellation system.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Loud Restaurant

If you suffer from neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating by yourself. Conversations are nearly impossible to keep up with. Most of the evening, you may end up just nodding and smiling.

But modern hearing aids have the advanced noise blocking capability for background sound. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clarity.

3. At Times 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 too spicy. If you get an eyelash in your eye, you produce tears to wash your eye. Your ears also have a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage wax buildup. Fortunately, it’s only wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)

Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You may be surprised by this one. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact brain function as it progresses.

Fully understanding spoken language is one of the first things you lose. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become challenging.

This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced

Many individuals 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 particulars of a story.

But straight forward solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery hassle. There are strategies 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 put it on the charger when you go to bed. 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 fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. There’s a Learning Curve

Nowadays, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.

It steadily gets better as you continue to wear 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 typically will say it’s all worth it.

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



References

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

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