What Hearing Aids Are Really Like

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

Ever ask yourself “what would it actually be like to use hearing aids”? What would your good friend say if you asked honest questions about what hearing aids sound like, what it feels like, and how they really feel about using one? Here’s a description of what hearing aids are like, but if you truly want to understand, come in for a demonstration.

1. Sometimes You Get Feedback

This isn’t the kind of feedback that you get when somebody tells you how they feel about your results. “Feedback “ is a whistling noise that a speaker makes when its microphone picks up the sound produced by the speaker. It causes a sound loop that even advanced speakers like the ones in hearing aids don’t know how to handle.

They may squeal like a speaker in the school auditorium just before the principal speaks.

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

Some state-of-the-art hearing aids have a feedback cancellation system that identifies feedback and stops it in its tracks.

2. You Can Follow Conversations in a Noisy Restaurant

If you have neglected hearing loss, having dinner with your family or friends in a loud restaurant can feel like you’re eating alone. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the conversations. Most of the night, you might wind up just nodding and smiling.

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

3. It Gets a Bit Sticky at Times

When something is not right, your body has a way of reacting to it. Your body will create saliva if you eat something too spicy. You will make tears if something gets in your eye. Your ears also possess a defense system of their own.

Earwax production.

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

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

4. There Are Benefits For Your Brain

You may be surprised by this one. If someone begins developing hearing loss it will slowly affect brain function as it progresses.

Accurately understanding what people are saying is one of the first things to go. Then memory, learning new things, and problem-solving become a challenge.

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

5. You Need to Replace The Batteries

Those little button batteries can be somewhat difficult to manage. And they seem to die at the worst times, like when you’re about to find out “whodunnit” in a mystery movie, or just as your friend is telling you the juicy particulars of a story.

But straight forward solutions exist to reduce much of this perceived battery hassle. You can substantially 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 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 while out fishing. camping, or hiking.

6. There’s a Learning Curve

The technology of modern hearing aids is rather advanced. It’s much simpler than learning to use a computer for the first time. But it definitely takes a little time for your brain to adjust to new hearing aids and to get the configurations right.

The longer and more consistently you wear hearing aids the better it gets. Try to be patient with yourself and your hearing aids during this transition.

People 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 really like to use hearing aids. If you want to find out, contact us.



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.