What is it Really Like Using Hearing Aids?

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Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are actually like? 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? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come in for a demonstration.

1. Occasionally You Get Feedback

No, not the type you may receive 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 whistling sound. Even modern microphone and speaker systems can have a sound loop created.

We’ve all heard this type of feedback just before somebody begins speaking into a microphone.

While this might sound terrible, and it is unpleasant, it is rare when a hearing aid is properly tuned. If you’re experiencing it, the earmold may not be properly 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. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting

If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s almost impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the evening, you might end up just nodding and smiling.

But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your family and the servers into crystal clearness.

3. Sometimes it Gets a Little Sticky

Your body has a way of telling you when something doesn’t belong. If you eat something too spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. You will generate tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

As a result of this, earwax buildup can sometimes be a problem for individuals who use hearing aids. Thankfully, 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 done the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.

4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain

You may be surprised by this one. When a person develops hearing loss, it very gradually starts to impact brain function if they don’t get it treated as soon as possible.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become challenging.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps stop this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP showed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. You Need to Replace The Batteries

Many individuals simply hate managing those little button batteries. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to die, like when you’re waiting for a call from your doctor.

But most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily solved. There are methods you can use to substantially extend battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, currently you can buy hearing aids that are rechargeable. Just place it on the charger at night. 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. You Will Experience a Learning Curve

The technology of modern-day hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s not as hard as learning to operate a new computer. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take a little time.

It gradually gets better as you keep wearing 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 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?

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