Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to wear hearing aids”? What would your best friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound 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 truly want to understand, come see us for a demonstration.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
No, not the type you might receive on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other causing a high-pitched screeching sound. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have sound loops created.
We’ve all heard this type 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. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have untreated hearing loss. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may wind up sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.
But hearing aids today have some pretty advanced technology that can cancel out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the wait staff into crystal clearness.
3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times
Your body has a way of letting you know when something doesn’t belong. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.
So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to manage wax buildup. Thankfully, it’s just 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
This one may surprise you. If someone starts to develop hearing loss it will slowly impact brain function as it progresses.
Accurately understanding what people are saying is one of the first things you lose. Problem solving, learning new things, and memory will then become challenging.
This brain atrophy can be slowed by wearing hearing aids sooner than later. They re-train your brain. They can slow and even reverse cognitive decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of people had increased cognitive function, according to research carried out by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced
Those tiny button batteries can be a little difficult to manage. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to lose power, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.
But straight forward solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery hassle. You can substantially increase battery life by using the correct methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, currently you can purchase rechargeable hearing aids. At night, simply put them on the charger. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids that have solar-powered chargers so you can charge them even if you are hiking or camping.
6. You Will Experience a Learning Curve
The technology of modern hearing aids is quite sophisticated. It’s a lot easier than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to get used to new hearing aids and to get the settings right.
The longer and more regularly you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids during this transition.
Anyone who’s been using a set of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.
This is what it’s really like to wear hearing aids. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?