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Ever ask yourself “what would it really be like to use hearing aids”? What would your best friend say if you asked candid questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about wearing one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to know, come see us for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally 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 a sound loop created.

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

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

Some advanced hearing aids have a feedback suppression system that recognizes feedback and stops it in its tracks.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

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

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

When something isn’t right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will produce saliva if you eat something overly spicy. You will produce tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

So it’s no surprise that individuals who wear hearing aids often get to deal with wax buildup. Luckily, it’s just wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll show you how.)

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

4. There Are Advantages For Your Brain

This one may surprise you. If somebody begins developing hearing loss it will gradually impact cognitive function as it progresses.

One of the first things to go is the ability to understand the spoken language. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become a difficulty.

This brain atrophy can be slowed by getting hearing aids as soon as you can. Your brain gets re-trained. They can decrease and even reverse cognitive decline according to numerous studies. In fact, 80% of individuals had increased mental function, according to a study carried out by the AARP, after using hearing aids to manage their hearing loss.

5. The Batteries Need to be Replaced

Those tiny 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 waiting for a call from your doctor.

But simple solutions exist to alleviate much of this perceived battery hassle. There are methods you can use to substantially extend battery life. It’s not hard to bring an extra set because these batteries are inexpensive and small.

Or, today you can buy hearing aids that are rechargeable. At night, just dock 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 Experience a Learning Curve

Nowadays, hearing aids have advanced 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 adjust to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.

It steadily improves as you keep wearing your hearing aids. During 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 typically will say it’s all worth it.

This is what it’s actually like to use hearing aids. Isn’t it time to find out 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.