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

Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are truly like? 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? If you really want to know what hearing aids are like, you should come in for a demonstration, but for now, keep reading for a summary of what you can expect.

1. Hearing Aids Sometimes Get Feedback

No, not the type you may receive on a work evaluation. When a microphone and a speaker detect 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 kind of feedback just before somebody starts speaking into a microphone.

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

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

2. Conversations Are Easier to Follow in a Loud Setting

Going to a restaurant with the family can feel like eating dinner by yourself if you have neglected hearing loss. It’s nearly impossible to follow the conversations. You may end up sitting there, smiling and nodding most of the night.

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

3. It Gets a Little Sticky Sometimes

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of reacting to it. If you eat something overly spicy hot, you produce more saliva to wash it out. You will generate tears if something gets into your eye. Your ears have their own way of removing a nuisance.

Earwax production.

Due to this, earwax accumulation can occasionally be a problem for people who wear hearing aids. It’s just wax, luckily, so cleaning it isn’t an issue. (We can help you learn how.)

Once you’re done the cleaning you’re quickly back in business.

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

You may be surprised by this one. If somebody starts to develop hearing loss it will slowly impact brain function as it progresses.

One of the first things you lose is the ability to understand the spoken language. Solving problems, learning new things, and memory will then become a big challenge.

This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids as soon as you can. They re-train your brain. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. In fact, one study reported by AARP revealed that 80% of individuals had improved cognitive function after managing their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Those little button batteries can be a bit challenging to deal with. And these batteries seem to pick the worst time to die, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.

But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery trouble. You can greatly 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. When you go to bed, simply put them on the charging unit. Put it back on in the morning. There are also solar-powered hearing aid chargers so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

Today, hearing aids have advanced technology. It isn’t as difficult as learning to operate a new computer. But adjusting to your new hearing aids will definitely take some time.

It steadily gets better as you keep wearing your hearing aids. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids during this transition.

Anyone who’s been using a pair of hearing aids for 6 months or more will tell you that it’s worth it.

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

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References

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

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.