Two women talking about what hearing aids are really like while having coffee at a table.

Ever ask yourself “what would it truly be like to use hearing aids”? How does a hearing aid feel when you’re wearing one, what is the 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 understand, come in for a demonstration.

1. At Times You Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone 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 produced by the speaker. It produces a sound loop that even modern speakers like those in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

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

Even though this can be uncomfortable, when hearing aids are properly tuned, it’s rare. You may need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.

Feedback can be eliminated, in some more advanced hearing aids, by a built-in feedback suppression system.

2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting

If you suffer from untreated hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a noisy restaurant can seem like you’re eating alone. It’s virtually impossible to keep up with the conversations. You may wind up sitting there, nodding and smiling most of the night.

But hearing aids nowadays have some really sophisticated technology that can cancel out background noise. The voices of your family and the wait staff become crystal clear.

3. At Times it Gets a Bit Sticky

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will make saliva if you eat something too spicy. If you get something in your eye, you generate tears to flush your eye. Your ears have their own way of getting rid of a nuisance.

Earwax production.

Because of this, earwax accumulation can sometimes be a problem for individuals who wear hearing aids. Fortunately, it’s only wax and it’s not a problem to clean the hearing aids. (We can help you learn how.)

Then you’ll simply put that hearing aid back in and begin relishing your hearing again.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You may be surprised by this one. When somebody develops hearing loss, it very slowly starts to impact cognitive function if they don’t have it treated quickly.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand what people are saying. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become difficult.

This brain atrophy can be stopped in its tracks by wearing hearing aids sooner than later. Your brain gets re-trained. Studies show that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. As a matter of fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had increased cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Those little button batteries can be a little challenging 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 most of the perceived challenges with these batteries can be easily resolved. There are strategies you can use to greatly increase battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, you can buy a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just place it on the charger when you go to bed. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re camping, fishing, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

Nowadays, hearing aids have sophisticated technology. It’s not as hard as learning to use 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 steadily gets better as you continue to wear your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and the hearing aids throughout this transition.

Anybody who’s been using a set of hearing aids for six months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.

This is what it’s actually like to wear hearing aids. If you want to figure it out, call us.

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