Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what hearing aids are actually like? What would your best friend say if you asked honest 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 demonstration.
1. Sometimes You Get Feedback
This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how what they think about your performance. “Feedback “ is a whistling 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.
They might squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium right before the principal speaks.
Although this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this keeps happening.
Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
If you have untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. Conversations are nearly impossible to follow. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.
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 Little Sticky at Times
When something isn’t right, your body has a way of responding to it. 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 also possess a defense system of their own.
Because of this, earwax buildup can occasionally be an issue for people who use hearing aids. It’s only wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (We can help you learn how.)
Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.
4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit
This one may surprise you. When someone has hearing loss, it very gradually starts to affect brain function if they don’t have it treated as soon as possible.
Fully understanding what people are saying is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.
Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. In fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.
5. You Have to Replace The Batteries
Many people simply hate dealing with those little 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 many of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be quickly solved. You can significantly extend battery life by using the right strategies. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.
Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just place it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered charging docs so they will be available to you even if you are camping or hiking.
6. You Will Have a Learning Curve
Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as hard 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 settings right.
It gradually improves as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids throughout this transition.
People 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 really like to use hearing aids. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?