What is it Truly Like Wearing Hearing Aids?

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”? What would your good friend say if you asked candid questions about what it sounds like, what it feels like, and how they actually feel about wearing one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come in for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback

No, not the kind you might receive on a work evaluation. “Feedback “ is a whistling sound that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound coming from the speaker. It creates a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

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

While this may sound terrible, and it is uncomfortable, it is rare when a hearing aid is correctly tuned. You might need to re-fit or replace the earmolds if this continues happening.

Feedback can be removed, in some more sophisticated hearing aids, by a built-in feedback cancellation system.

2. Conversations Are Easier to Hear in a Loud Setting

Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner alone if you have neglected hearing loss. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. Most of the night, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.

But today’s hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the servers into crystal clarity.

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky Sometimes

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of responding to it. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to rinse it out. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.

They create extra wax.

Because of this, earwax buildup can occasionally be an issue for people who wear hearing aids. It’s just wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We’ll teach you how.)

Then you’ll just put that hearing aid back in and start enjoying your hearing again.

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

This one might surprise you. When someone develops hearing loss, it very gradually starts to impact brain function if they don’t have it treated quickly.

One of the first things to go is the ability to comprehend what people are saying. Then memory, learning new things, and solving problems become a challenge.

Getting hearing aids as soon as possible helps slow this brain atrophy. Your brain gets re-trained. They can slow and even reverse mental decline according to many studies. As a matter of fact, 80% of individuals had improved mental function, according to a study carried out by the AARP, after wearing hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Many people simply hate managing those little button batteries. 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 particulars of a story.

But most of the perceived difficulties with these batteries can be easily resolved. You can significantly increase battery life by using the right methods. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, you can buy a pair of rechargeable hearing aids which are available now. Just dock it on the charger at night. Put it back on in the morning. You can even get some hearing aids with 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 sophisticated technology. It’s a lot simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But getting used to your new hearing aids will certainly take some 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.

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

Only actually using hearing aids can give you the experiencing of what they’re really like. Isn’t it time to learn for yourself?



References

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html

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