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Ever wish you could get the inside skinny on what hearing aids are really like? What would your best friend say if you asked candid questions about what hearing aids sound 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 see us for a demonstration.

1. Hearing Aids Occasionally Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when someone tells you how they feel about your results. When a microphone and a speaker pick up each other’s signal, they interfere with each other causing 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 right before somebody begins speaking into a microphone.

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

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 Noisy Setting

If you have neglected hearing loss, eating dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can seem like you’re eating by yourself. Conversations are nearly impossible to follow. Most of the night, you may find yourself just nodding and smiling.

But modern hearing aids have the advanced ability to block out background noise. They bring the voices of your children and the wait staff into crystal clarity.

3. Sometimes it Gets a Bit Sticky

When something is not right, your body has a way of responding 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 have their own way of eliminating a nuisance.

They create extra wax.

Because of this, earwax buildup can sometimes be an issue for people who use hearing aids. Fortunately, it’s only wax and it’s not a big deal to clean the hearing aids. (We’ll teach you how.)

Once you’re finished the cleaning you’re quickly back to good hearing.

4. Your Brain Will Also Get The Benefit

You may be surprised by this one. When a person has hearing loss, it very slowly begins to affect cognitive function if they don’t get it treated quickly.

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

Getting hearing aids sooner than later helps slow this brain atrophy. They re-train your brain. Studies show that they can decrease mental decline and even reverse it. In fact, one study reported by AARP showed that 80% of people had improved cognitive function after treating their hearing loss.

5. You Need to Replace The Batteries

Many individuals simply hate dealing with those little button batteries. And these batteries seem to choose the worst time to lose power, like when you’re expecting a call from your doctor.

But simple solutions exist to decrease much of this perceived battery hassle. There are strategies you can use to substantially increase battery life. The batteries are small and inexpensive, so it’s easy to carry an extra set in your wallet.

Or, you can purchase a set of rechargeable hearing aids which are available nowadays. Just dock it on the charger at night. In the morning, just put them back on. There are also solar-powered hearing aid docks so you can even recharge your hearing aid when you’re fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. You Will Have a Learning Curve

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

The longer and more routinely you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Throughout 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.

This is what it’s actually like to wear 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.
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