Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to use hearing aids”? What would your best friend say if you asked honest questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they actually feel about using one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to understand, come in for a demonstration.
1. Occasionally You Get Feedback
No, not the type you may receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a high-pitched sound 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.
We’ve all heard this type of feedback right before somebody begins talking into a microphone.
Although this can be unpleasant, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold may not be correctly fitted or you need to replace it.
Feedback can be eliminated, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.
2. You Can Hear Conversations in a Loud Restaurant
If you suffer from neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. It’s virtually impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the evening, you may end up just nodding and smiling.
But today’s hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. The voices of your family and the restaurant staff become crystal clear.
3. It Gets a Little Sticky at Times
Your body has a way of letting you know when something shouldn’t be there. If you eat something too spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to wash your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.
They create extra wax.
So it’s not surprising that people who wear hearing aids frequently get to deal with wax buildup. It’s just wax, thankfully, so cleaning it isn’t a problem. (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. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will slowly affect brain function as it progresses.
One of the first things you lose 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 wearing hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. Research shows that they can slow down cognitive decline and even reverse it. In fact, 80% of people had improved brain function, according to a study conducted by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.
5. The Batteries Have to be Replaced
Those tiny button batteries can be a little challenging to deal with. And they seem to run out of juice at the worst times, like when you’re about to hear “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 quickly solved. You can greatly increase battery life by implementing the proper strategies. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.
Or, you can buy a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. In the morning, simply put them back on. 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
Today, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it certainly takes a little time for your brain to adapt to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.
It steadily gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Throughout this adjustment period, try to be patient with yourself and your new hearing aids.
People 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 wearing hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to find out for yourself?