Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to wear hearing aids”? 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 really 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 type you might get on a work evaluation. 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 begins speaking into a microphone.
While this may sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly tuned. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold might not be properly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant
If you have untreated hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. Conversations are almost impossible to keep up with. Most of the night, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.
But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes
Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. If you eat something too spicy hot, you secrete more saliva to rinse it out. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of removing a nuisance.
So it’s hardly surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with the buildup of earwax. Luckily, it’s only wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)
Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.
4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain
You might be surprised by this one. When somebody develops hearing loss, it very slowly begins to impact brain function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.
One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend the spoken language. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.
This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by using hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. Studies show that they can slow down mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of individuals had increased brain function, according to research conducted by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. You Need to Replace The Batteries
Many individuals simply hate managing those tiny button batteries. And they seem to run out of juice 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. You can greatly extend battery life by using the proper strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can choose a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just dock it on the charger at night. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid while out camping, fishing, or hiking.
6. You Will Have a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It’s not as difficult as learning to use a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will certainly take some time.
It gradually improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids throughout this transition.
People who have stayed the course and used their hearing aids for six months or more usually will say it’s all worth it.
This is what it’s actually like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?